Maryland Senate Unanimously Passes $577 Million HBCU Settlement Proposal, Sends Bill to House

The Maryland Senate has unanimously passed a bill calling for a $577 million legal settlement for a 2006 lawsuit involving the state’s four HBCUs, WBOC reported.

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Last year, the legislation was passed by the General Assembly but was vetoed by Gov. Larry Hogan, citing fiscal issues with the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the complaint, Maryland drained potential students away from the four schools – Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore – by underfunding them but improving traditionally White competitors.

A federal judge concluded in 2013 that Maryland had maintained a segregated education system.