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Maryland finalizes $577M settlement for HBCU federal lawsuit

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland officials have signed a $577 million settlement to end a 15-year federal lawsuit accusing the state of underfunding its historically Black colleges and universities.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced the deal this week. Lawmakers set aside the money earlier this year in legislation signed by Gov. Larry Hogan. The money will be paid over a decade for scholarships and financial aid support services, as well as faculty recruitment and development.

Maryland’s four HBCUs are Morgan State University, Coppin State University, Bowie State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Each will get a share based on its previous year’s enrollment.

 

PHOTO INFO – In this March 24, 2021 file photo, Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones, third from left, points up while standing with the presidents of Maryland’s four historically Black colleges and Universities after a bill signing ceremony in Bowie, Md., to set aside $577 million to settle a federal lawsuit. From left are, Aminta Breaux, president of Bowie State University, Heidi Anderson, president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Jones, Sen. Charles Sydnor, David Wilson, president of Morgan State University, and Anthony Jenkins, president of Coppin State University. Maryland officials announced Wednesday, April 28 they have finalized the settlement with attorneys to end the 15-year-old federal lawsuit relating to underfunding at the state’s four historically Black colleges and universities. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)

 

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