EDUCATION

Trial over fix for segregation at Maryland colleges to begin

A trial to determine the best way to cure inequality among Maryland's colleges and universities is slated to begin in federal court in Baltimore.

The decade-old case involves a coalition representing the state's four historically black colleges that says the state has underfunded the institutions while developing programs at traditionally white schools that directly compete with and drain prospective students away from the African American schools.

The trial, beginning Monday, will determine a remedy.

The judge in 2013 recommended mediation after finding the state had maintained "a dual and segregated education system," and that its practices were in violation of the constitution. The state and the coalition, which includes representatives from Morgan State, Coppin State, Bowie State and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, haven't reached an agreement.