Hundreds of students and supporters of Maryland's historically black colleges and universities rallied Monday in
The presidents of
"We're here today to seek justice for historically black colleges and universities in the state of Maryland," said Del. Aisha N. Braveboy, a
School officials and their supporters say graduation rates at Maryland's historically black schools suffer because of inadequate financial aid for their students, who are often poorer than those at other colleges and universities. The historically black schools also argue their students are being short-changed by faculties heavy on part-time adjunct instructors.
Raquel Guillory, the governor's communications director, noted that O'Malley has proposed spending $14 million more on the four schools next year, an increase of 7.7 percent. Included in that is $1 million for Morgan to hire more full-time faculty, plus $250,000 in additional financial aid for students close to graduation at all four institutions.
But Braveboy pointed out that all the state's public colleges and universities are in line for a similar funding increase. The historically black colleges need extra funding, she argued, so they can catch up from past underfunding.
Guillory declined to comment on the lawsuit, which sought $2.1 billion from the state. It was argued in Baltimore federal court last year and awaits a ruling.