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Maryland's HBCU supporters continue to fight for fair funding

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Maryland's HBCU supporters continue to fight for fair funding

Maryland's HBCU supporters continue to fight for fair funding

Supporters of Maryland’s four historically black colleges and universities were in Annapolis Wednesday to tell the governor and legislators one thing.

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Maryland's HBCU supporters continue to fight for fair funding

JAMIE COSTELLO.

STUDENTS ANDALUMNI FROM MARYLAND'S FOURHISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGESGATHERED IN ANNAPOLIS LOOKINGFOR A RESOLUTION TO A 13 YEAROLD LAWSUIT.

WMAR 2 NEWS'S DONHARRISON EXPLAINS WHY THEY AREASKING FOR MORE THAN DOUBLETHE MONEY THEY ARE BEINGOFFERED.nats: track: Supporters of the4 historically black collegesand universities, Bowie,Coppin, Morgan and UMES, cameto Annapolis today to tell thegovernor and legislators onething.

Sot: The time isnow..... Track:....they saytime for fair funding toHBCU's in Maryland.

A suit wasfiled more than a dozens yearsago because other stateuniversities were offeringclasses that mimic theacademic studies at the stateblack colleges, they say thatdraws students to otherinstitutions and that willtake money from them.

Sot: Sowhen a student doesn't come toa Coppin or a Morgan or Bowieand they go to a University ofMd or a UMBC or Towson thatdiminishes the amount ofFTE's, full time equivalents,that are coming to the HBCU'swhich limits the amount ofmoney they get from the stateeven more.

Track: The governoroffered the black colleges onehundred million dollars, thatwas turned down.

Hogan uppedthe offer to 200 million andthat was turned down as well.Many say an appropriate amountwould be closer to 577 millionto bring these colleges on parwith the other stateuniversities.

Standup: Thiscase started in 2006, theymade a ruling in 2013 and herewe are in 2019 and they arestill talking about it.

Sot:They have made bids to us thatwe are not going to acceptbecause it's just not faIr,and it's on going right now.Track: In 2013 a judge saidthe state had "a dual andsegregated education system"and that violated theconstitution.

Sot: Oh yeah,it's deliberate.

It's theUniversity of Maryland system.They know what they doin',they hurtin' the black HCU'sTrack: Many protesters herewant the law makers to knowthey are still in this fight.Sot:..

And it's going tocontinue to be ongoing untilit's resolved in a fair wayfor all the universities tohave a fair share to be equalIn Annapolis, DHHERE IS A LOOK AT THE W




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