January 3, 2012, 9:55 am
The State of Maryland ought to be ashamed. After years and years of litigation, the state is still operating a system of higher education that is unequal. Over and over, the state has been told to make right the wrongs of the past. However, in the year 2012, the state still does not provide equal, adequate, and sufficient funding to its Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s).
Students and alumni of the state’s four HBCUs (Morgan State University, Bowie State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Coppin State University) filed a lawsuit against the state five years ago and the state has refused to hear it—until right now. Maryland’s refusal contradicts its stated intentions in public documents and federal mandates that call for equity in the state’s system. In 2009, Maryland made a commitment to its HBCU’s in a document entitled the Maryland…