HBCUs disappointed in new executive order

Madison Rexroat

President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday that moves the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to the White House instead of the Department of Education. The order, which is more symbolic than anything, was somewhat weak in the eyes of HBCU leaders.

Although the order shows that HBCUs are a rising priority, HBCU leaders hoped for a different kind of change: financial change. When meeting with administration officials, HBCU leaders called for a $25-billion investment in schools over the next few years. The order did not mention increasing federal support. 

Despite the lack of financial support, leaders are hopeful that continued communication with the administration will lead to more investment in HBCUs and better opportunities for their students.

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