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Dueling visions of Maryland's HBCUs

Dueling visions of Maryland's HBCUs

More than two years ago state education officials were given an assignment: Come up with a plan to address Maryland's checkered history of race-based inequality in higher education. They then did something familiar to many college students: They procrastinated. As a result, when the absolute deadline neared, they threw together something that they hoped would pass muster with the teacher and at least earn a grade higher than an F.

The state turned in a last minute, 10-page "Defendants' Report and Remedial Proposals" on Nov. 20 — apparently thrown together after their lawyers realized that time was running out and that U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake would...