The Maryland legislature has approved a settlement of a long-running lawsuit filed by the state’s historically Black universities. The suit worked its way through the courts and a judge ruled in 2013 that Maryland had maintained “a dual and segregated education system.” An appeals court upheld the decision and parties have been deadlocked on the settlement amount ever since.
The current legislation calls for payment of $577 million over a 10-year period beginning in 2023. Similar legislation was passed last year but was vetoed by Governor Larry Hogan. The veto came after the legislature had finished its session and there was no vote to override the veto. This year the House passed the measure by a vote of 120-14 after the Senate passed the bill unanimously.
The funds would be available to the state’s historically Black universities for:
* Financial aid support services
* Faculty recruitment and development
* Academic enrichment
* Academic program development
The HBCUs that will benefit from the settlement are Morgan State University, Coppin State University, Bowie State University, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.]
Update: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed the legislation on March 24.