Calls are growing for more funding to boost security at HBCUs after a white supremacist mass shooting in Jacksonville near Edward Waters University.
The proposed funding amount has received a lot of support in the HBCU community over the last two days. Leaders from prominent Black and HBCU centered organizations are applauding President Biden for his commitment to HBCUs.
There's a lot of confusion about what the Biden Administration has done for HBCUs and just how much funding historically Black colleges and universities were promised and given. Here are the facts.
Sixty-five HBCU presidents and chancellors wrote a joint letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asking for their support in passing the Build Back Better legislation. Citing historic investments in HBCUs and other institutions serving students of color, the group warned of the "unsustainable" trend in increasing financial inequity.
Holding elected officials accountable is a part of the Democratic system. But part of the accountability process is getting the facts straight. The current issue involving HBCU funding has to do with implementing Biden's Build Back Better Plan and the reconciliation budget process making its way through Congress.
Proposed HBCU investments have been slashed in a recent House Education Committee proposal. A part of the upcoming budget reconciliation process, the committee shaped a bill that falls short on promises to HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions.
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