June 4th, 2009

Feeling Jilted

In mid-May, the Obama administration released its education budget plan. michael_lomax1 Among those potentially disappointed by the plan are the nation’s historically black colleges and universities. Obama’s plan cuts $85 million in funding for HBCUs; the $85 million comes from a larger funding bill passed two years ago, that devoted extra funding to colleges and universities attended by large numbers of minority and low-income students. According to Michael Lomax, president of the United Negro College Fund, Obama supported the bill “vigorously” as a senator. In light of this new budget, Lomax and others invested in the future of HBCUs are left wondering how much support they can expect from the President in the coming years.

Listen to Lomax on NPR
Read more in the Chronicle of Higher Education

Related Program: Saving Black Colleges [NewsHour, 2/25/04]

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