PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A group of alumni and others is planning a news conference asking Pennsylvania to change the way it funds Cheyney University, a historically black school in eastern Pennsylvania.
The group calling itself "Heeding Cheyney's Call" says the formula for funding its state-owned schools discriminates against Cheyney because the formula is based on enrollment and, as a result, smaller schools like Cheyney fall behind.
Philadelphia attorney Michael Coard estimates it would take about $100 million for Cheyney to catch up to other state-owned schools. The group plans a news conference at 10 a.m. Monday at the federal courthouse, where Cheyney sued the state alleging discrimination in 1980.
The group plans to present a letter with its demands and, if those aren't satisfied, the grass-roots group is hoping to revive the old lawsuit.