FAMU students charge state with racial discrimination over school funding | Florida Dispensaries

FAMU students charge state with racial discrimination over school funding

Students at Florida A&M University (FAMU) have filed a class action lawsuit accusing the state of a “pattern” of racial discrimination undercutting the historically Black school in resources, funding and more compared to Whiter schools.

The suit, filed on behalf of six undergraduate and graduate students in Tallahassee, alleges the state shortchanged FAMU more than $1.3 billion over 33 years since 1987. They argue the state university system maintains a racially segregated higher ed structure, placing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at a disadvantage.

“Throughout its history and up to the present day, Florida has purposefully engaged in a pattern and practice of racial discrimination, principally through disparate funding, that has prevented HBCUs, including FAMU, from achieving parity with their traditionally White institution counterparts,” according to the complaint.

In addition to their demand for relief, the students want a special referee or mediator to draw up recommendations for alleviating what they call the state’s statutory and constitutional violations.

The lawsuit follows a $577 million settlement Maryland paid out last year over a 15-year-old federal lawsuit accusing the state of providing inequitable resources to its four HBCUs.

The law firm Grant & Eisenhofer and Florida civil rights lawyer Joshua Dubin are

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