Coalition unhappy with funding for Cheyney University

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 23, 2013 11:02 AM
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(Philadelphia) -- A group of concerned alumni, staff and students from Cheyney University says the state government is short-changing the historically black institution.  

The coalition sent a letter to Governor Corbett today demanding equitable funding for the struggling school in southeastern Pennsylvania.  

Attorney Michael Coard says a lawsuit could follow if state officials don't remedy the situation.  

Coard says the unfair funding formula has led to inferior facilities, plummeting enrollment and a $14 million deficit at Cheyney.

 He says the state's 13 other state system universities get the lion's share of the public money.  

State System of Higher Education officials deny discriminating against Cheyney. Acting chancellor Peter Garland notes the state recently invested $70 million in a new dormitory and science center there. Cheyney administrators referred all questions to Garland.

*This story was updated at 12:34 p.m. on 9/23/13

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