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Six FAMU students have filed a class-action lawsuit against Florida and education officials, accusing the state of continued racial discrimination that leaves the school dependent on the state, yet underfunded.
The complaint alleges the state shortchanged FAMU by more than $1.3 billion 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.
The law firm Grant & Eisenhofer and civil rights attorney Joshua Dubin are representing the students in the lawsuit.
In a statement, Dubin said FAMU is “still playing catch-up in the state of Florida, which we feel has acted with an astonishing lack of good faith, despite decades of directives from the federal government that all students in the state receive equal educational opportunities. This deliberate indifference toward HBCUs is not unique to Florida, but FAMU