Hogan may be the one to finally find a solution for a long-running higher-ed equity case



Morgan State University, a historically black college in Baltimore. (Paul Burk/National Trust for Historic Preservation)

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) deserves credit for his serious offer to settle the long-running lawsuit over de jure racial segregation in Maryland higher education [“Maryland offers $100 million in decade-long case involving black schools,” Metro, Feb. 8].

The article reported that “the state appealed” U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake’s 2017 injunction favoring African American plaintiffs and others. Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D), not the amorphous “state,” signed and filed that appeal against the plaintiffs. Mr. Frosh did not simply appeal Ms. Blake’s decision for the plaintiffs. Rather, on Dec. 6, he attempted to actively reverse the plaintiffs’ hard-won victory by demanding that Ms. Blake vacate her order for the plaintiffs and dismiss the case. On Dec. 12, Ms. Blake declined, which led Mr. Frosh to file, on Dec. 13, the appeal noted in the article. For the moment, therefore, the Frosh “vacate and dismiss” effort lives on at the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Hogan has never been a named defendant in this case; the case precedes him by many years, and his name does not appear on any of the pleadings. That makes it even more interesting, therefore, that he may be the Maryland leader who will find a lasting solution.

Richard J. Douglas, College Park

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