Every Maryland resident should have a reasonable expectation that this state will provide an opportunity for her or him to obtain a college education at a state-sponsored institution. A ruling by the United States District Court for Maryland provides an opportunity for the State of Maryland to take a fresh look at structuring its state college and university system. This opportunity comes at precisely the time when the infrastructure of the University of Maryland at College Park has been stretched to the limit.
On November 7, 2017, U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake ruled that the State of Maryland, through the Maryland Higher Education Commission, had engaged in a pattern of de jure segregation by failing to provide sufficient resources to historically black institutions("HBIs") of Morgan State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Coppin State University, and Bowie State University as compared to what have been identified as traditionally white institutions of Towson University; the University of Baltimore (“UB”); the University of Maryland Baltimore County (“UMBC”); the University of Maryland University College (“UMUC”); Frostburg State University; Salisbury University; University of Maryland, College Park (“UMCP”); and St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Every Maryland resident should have a reasonable expectation that this state will provide an opportunity for her or him to obtain a college education at a state-sponsored institution. The General Assembly should take the U.S. District Court's ruling as an opportunity to restructure the state college and university system to be the envy of the whole country. It is long past time that the State of Maryland invested in Morgan State, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Coppin State University, and Bowie State. Investing in these institutions will expand educational opportunities for all residents of the State of Maryland. Rather than resisting the obligations of the court's ruling, the General Assembly should embrace them. In short, the Court ruling should provide the Maryland General Assembly to create access to higher education not before seen in this state. As a member of the House of Delegates, Joe would work closely with the members of the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education to ensure that their proposals for remediation of this states de jure segregation are given full consideration by the government.