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HBCU Reparations. Billions in underfunding

Courtesy of University Business

written by Chris Burt

Over a period of 23 years leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, Historically Black Colleges and Universities were given $12.8 billion less in funding than other land-grant institutions across 16 states, according to a brief released by the Hunt Institute. Delaware and Ohio were the lone outliers to keep the balance of funds level between HBCUs and other public universities.

However, the other states that haven’t, researchers say, may have violated the Second Morrill Act of 1890, which outlines that HBCUs must get dollar-for-dollar funding equivalent to those other land-grant institutions. The brief shows North Carolina has been the worst offender, with a disparity of more than $2.75 billion. The gaps in Florida and Tennessee over that stretch each total more than $1.9 billion.

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