Bait and Switch? Biden Spending Plan Cuts HBCU Funding from $45 Billion to $2 Billion!?
Posted By: Will Moss on October 06, 2021 |
The Biden ticket promoted heavily to HBCU students and graduates asking for their vote and trust to put Biden and Harris in office, but latest spending plan looks like a bait and switch for HBCUs...
Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that were looking forward to $45 billion in funding may be faced with just $2 billion under the Biden administration's multitrillion-dollar spending plan, a result of Democratic infighting, the Associated Press reported.
The $3.5 trillion bill was set to include $45 billion for HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions, but the newest iteration of the bill allots only $2 billion for educational programs and infrastructure of HBCUs. That amount could even be reduced to competitive grant funding, instead of direct funding to the schools.
Harry L. Williams, president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which represents public HBCUs, stressed the importance of the funding, and the needs the original funding could have helped fulfill. He said Black colleges have unique history, needs and financial challenges.
They often struggle with funding for upgrading their campuses, updating their research programs, providing essential materials, hiring teachers and attracting new potential students.
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