Historically black colleges and universities and Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration remain at odds over the settlement of a dispute that dates back more than a decade.
The four HBCUs in Maryland, including Coppin State and Morgan State Universities in Baltimore, Bowie State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, are the subject of a 2006 case finding the state undermined them by better-funding duplicate programs at traditionally white schools.
The Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C. has been representing the schools for 13 years.
“(The state) essentially (gave) substantial sums of money to traditionally white institutions across the state, allowing them to set up competitor programs that essentially doomed the HBCUs to failure,” said Kristin Clarke of the Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law.
In the latest effort to find a remedy, Hogan has offered the universities $200 million to settle the lawsuit.