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Six things to know about HBCU federal funding in 2021

Six things to know about HBCU federal funding in 2021

1 00:00:04,170 –> 00:00:09,720 >> ABC News produce disproportionately higher numbers in every 2 00:00:09,720 –> 00:00:12,510 profession. It’s the pipeline. 3 00:00:13,140 –> 00:00:18,780 >> Despite being a small sliver of the universities and colleges in America according 4 00:00:18,780 –> 00:00:24,060 to statistics graduate about 20 percent of black college graduates. That’s not that 5 00:00:24,060 –> 00:00:29,190 ABC News lag in giving people of a quality education. 6 00:00:29,190 –> 00:00:34,740 There’s a lot of issues that HBC use based infrastructure being number one having the 7 00:00:34,740 –> 00:00:40,290 proper buildings making sure that those buildings up to code and making sure that 8 00:00:40,290 –> 00:00:45,990 there aren’t rats and mold and roaches in those buildings making sure that kids have and 9 00:00:45,990 –> 00:00:52,200 there’s access to different books making sure they have access to food and all of those things that it takes to 10 00:00:52,200 –> 00:00:53,670 run a university. 11 00:00:54,030 –> 00:00:59,610 >> When you’re looking at the infrastructure you’re looking at how much money the 12 00:00:59,610 –> 00:01:05,010 federal that they’re getting from and have gotten for generations that 13 00:01:05,010 –> 00:01:11,130 there’s not as much as they want. And more importantly as much as they need. And then there’s also this idea of 14 00:01:11,130 –> 00:01:16,950 being able to do a lot more R.A. research and development that is another place in 15 00:01:16,950 –> 00:01:23,040 which the president’s Build Back Better agenda has money for these institutions. 16 00:01:23,040 –> 00:01:26,880 >> This is an administration that came in and made a lot of big promises. 17 00:01:26,880 –> 00:01:32,310 >> When President Biden was kind of running and talking about the funding that minority serving 18 00:01:32,310 –> 00:01:37,870 institutions would receive. The number was forty five billion dollars and that’s for HBC use emphasize 19 00:01:37,870 –> 00:01:43,200 and timeless schools. So when Congress actually made it took the proposal and brought 20 00:01:43,200 –> 00:01:48,750 it as the first bill then got cut and got cut. Hard to like 2 billion dollars. Biden 21 00:01:48,750 –> 00:01:53,080 did not cut this and there’s been some misinformation out there but Biden was the one that cut this. 22 00:01:53,070 –> 00:01:58,260 >> This came from the conversations with members of Congress amongst themselves as 23 00:01:58,260 –> 00:02:03,900 they negotiated this deal because there’s such a slim majority there’s not a lot of political ability to 24 00:02:03,900 –> 00:02:09,210 give a lot more than they already are receiving so that creates this tension point that the administration is 25 00:02:09,210 –> 00:02:14,550 going to have to deal with for the rest of its time. They have very slim majorities in 26 00:02:14,550 –> 00:02:16,950 he’s going to they’re going to have the power. 27 00:02:16,950 –> 00:02:24,150 >> So you here and you have this huge huge blowback from ABC 28 00:02:24,150 –> 00:02:29,520 News and advocates. You’re saying that’s not going to cut it. And so then the number jumped back 29 00:02:29,520 –> 00:02:35,310 up. So the number is at 10 billion dollars and in there is 2 billion 30 00:02:35,310 –> 00:02:41,190 dollars of that is for the infrastructure for HBC use specifically 31 00:02:41,190 –> 00:02:46,470 and that is a lot more money than they’ve gotten historically right. Like we’re usually talking to about 32 00:02:46,470 –> 00:02:49,800 the millions when you’re talking about money for HBC used. 33 00:02:49,860 –> 00:02:53,250 >> And so that is the expectation. But again what they’re saying. 34 00:02:53,250 –> 00:02:58,770 >> ABC using the advocates like oh no we like that but we still deserve and want more 35 00:02:58,770 –> 00:03:04,230 and you promised more than one thing when I talked to the students they said when Vice President 36 00:03:04,230 –> 00:03:09,710 Harris was chosen by Biden they were so excited one 37 00:03:09,710 –> 00:03:15,300 because you know she’s a black woman. And most importantly for them is because she went to Howard and went to an HBC you 38 00:03:15,300 –> 00:03:16,410 while she was a senator. 39 00:03:16,410 –> 00:03:22,290 >> She’s so pushed and was able to secure more funding for ABC News. The students said 40 00:03:22,290 –> 00:03:27,450 this is about how ABC news can send people out into the world and they can really make it 41 00:03:27,450 –> 00:03:32,730 right. This doesn’t get much better right than Vice President of the most powerful country on 42 00:03:32,730 –> 00:03:38,590 the planet other than president obviously. And so for them it was a moment where people started to see ABC 43 00:03:38,590 –> 00:03:39,460 News differently. 44 00:03:39,510 –> 00:03:44,670 >> That also made them feel more empowered to do and bring more attention to the plight that they have right now. 45 00:03:44,670 –> 00:03:49,800 Another thing is that the kids wanted to see her OUTFRONT more on HBC use and I will 46 00:03:49,800 –> 00:03:55,410 say that is something that’s happening. She also has a behind the scenes been calling members 47 00:03:55,410 –> 00:04:01,420 of Congress who work on this issue and we’re making sure that more funding got to the BBB proposal. 48 00:04:01,440 –> 00:04:06,750 >> She’s clearly involved but then there is for some of these kids a disconnect between what they’re seeing and 49 00:04:06,750 –> 00:04:12,330 what the reality is and that’s you know that’s a messaging problem more so than anything else. So 50 00:04:12,330 –> 00:04:17,580 this administration for example has an HBC new advisory board and that is 51 00:04:17,580 –> 00:04:23,220 where they’re going to try to find ways to get around the funding issues right. This administration really 52 00:04:23,220 –> 00:04:28,800 wants to try to figure out what are the ways that we can actually help these institutions even if 53 00:04:28,800 –> 00:04:34,770 we can’t pass another huge bill to do so. I find it unlikely 54 00:04:34,770 –> 00:04:40,230 if the number dwindles back down again as the conversations about what needs to be put out 55 00:04:40,230 –> 00:04:42,180 of BBB in the Senate. 56 00:04:42,180 –> 00:04:47,520 >> When you hear Joe Manchin and Christine cinema talking about it we haven’t heard one time that 57 00:04:47,520 –> 00:04:52,680 I can remember of them talking about HBC funding meeting to go down. So it seems and the 58 00:04:52,680 –> 00:04:58,050 advocates that I spoke with do they feel confident that this is going to happen that they’re going to get this amount of money. 59 00:04:58,050 –> 00:05:03,720 And so the next step is just waiting for the House and the Senate to pass that’s it. And then that money starts to trickle 60 00:05:03,720 –> 00:05:06,060 out into the HBC community.

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