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Topics in the News: HBCU


Joe Biden on HBCU: (Education Oct 15, 2020)
Fund research at HBCUs for foundational support

Q: What do you have to say to young Black voters?

BIDEN: I provide for a $70 billion for HBCUs for them to be able to have the wherewithal to do what other universities can do, because they don't have the kind of foundational support they need. In our administration, the President allowed me to go down and we awarded a cybersecurity laboratory [at 6 HCBUs via the CECOR program]. The federal government spends billions of dollars a year on universities, because they are the best-kept secret and where most of the major inventions come out of. And so that school now will be able to produce young Black women and men who are going to go into a field of the future that's burgeoning, cybersecurity. And that's what is going to help a great deal.

TRUMP: I have done more for the African American community [including] historically Black colleges and universities. I got them funded. They were on a year to year basis. They could have been put out of business. I got them 10-year funding & financing.

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: Second 2020 Presidential Debate/ABC Town Hall Philadelphia

Donald Trump on HBCU: (Education Oct 15, 2020)
I got funding for HBCUs for ten years

Q: What about HCBUs?

BIDEN: I provide for a $70 billion for HBCUs for them to be able to have the wherewithal to do what other universities can do, because they don't have the kind of foundational support they need.

TRUMP: I have done more for the African American community than any president, with the exception of Abraham Lincoln. Criminal justice reform, prison reform, historically Black colleges and universities. I got them funded. They were on a year to year basis. They could have been put out of business. As soon as our country had a little bad year, they would have said, "I'm sorry, we're not going to fund you." I got them 10 year funding and financing. And more than they even asked for. And of course, opportunity zones. But criminal justice reform, everybody said it could not be done. President Obama and Biden never even tried to do it. I have a great relationship because of what I've done with the African-American community. I'm very proud of it.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Second 2020 Presidential Debate/NBC Town Hall Miami

Joe Biden on HBCU: (Education Sep 29, 2020)
FactCheck: Attended U.Delaware, not Delaware State HBCU

Trump said to Biden, "You said you went to Delaware State, but you forgot the name of your college. You didn't go to Delaware State." Is that true? OnTheIssues found this article from the Wilmington (DE) News-Journal:

"No, Joe Biden did not say he attended Delaware State University, the only historically Black university (HBCU) in the state. Biden said he got his "start" at DSU, and what followed was a slew of media reports slamming Biden for claiming to have attended an HBCU. Trump's campaign has even cited the claim as one of the "17 questions Joe Biden must answer" in the first presidential debate.

"In the video, Biden was referring to the support he received from the school when he announced his bid for Senate on the DSU campus in 1972. In the decades since, Biden has maintained close ties with DSU, serving as commencement speaker in 2003. Biden has often referenced to his time as a student at the University of Delaware, where the Biden School of Public Policy bears his name."

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: OnTheIssues FactCheck on First 2020 Presidential Debate

Joe Biden on HBCU: (Education Apr 9, 2020)
Plan to forgive federal student debt & ease repayment burden

I've directed my team to develop a plan to forgive federal student debt relating to the cost of tuition currently held by low-income and middle-class people for undergraduate public colleges and universities, as well as private Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and private, underfunded Minority-Serving Institution (MSIs). This proposal would be in addition to my existing student debt proposals:
Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: Medium.com blog on 2020 presidential hopefuls

Tom Steyer on HBCU: (Education Feb 3, 2020)
Sustained $125B federal investment in HBCUs

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were mostly created after the Civil War to serve the needs of black students who didn't have access or opportunity to attend the nation's universities. They have served as the backbone of the black middle class for generations of graduating doctors, lawyers, entertainers, engineers, and other black professionals. HBCUs make America better, smarter, and more successful, and we must do more to protect their ability to educate for generations to come.

Without sustained federal investments, we risk losing these institutions that shape so many bright futures. As president, Tom will invest $125 billion to HBCUs over the next 10 years for infrastructure and technology upgrades, student and faculty support, building endowment capacity, and HBCU Centers of Innovation, among other initiatives.

Click for Tom Steyer on other issues.   Source: 2020 Presidential campaign website TomSteyer.com

Kamala Harris on HBCU: (Education Sep 12, 2019)
$2T for HBCUs; they produce so many of our teachers

I want to talk in terms of HBCUs [Historically Black Colleges and Universities]. I have, as part of my proposal that we will put $2 trillion into investing in our HBCUs for teachers, because, one, as a proud graduate of a historically black college and university, I will say that it is our HBCUs that disproportionately produce teachers and those who serve in these may professions, but also, if a black child has a black teacher before the end of third grade, they're 13% more likely to go to college.

If that child has had two black teachers before the end of third grade, they're 32% more likely to go to college. So, when we talk about investing in our public education system, it is at the source of so much. When we fix it, that will fix so many other things. We must invest in the potential of our children and I strongly believe you can judge a society based on how it treats its children. And we are failing on this issue.

Click for Kamala Harris on other issues.   Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston

Bernie Sanders on HBCU: (Education Sep 12, 2019)
Make HBCUs debt-free, and cancel all student debt

What we will do is not only have universal pre-K, we will make public colleges and universities and HBCUs [Historically Black Colleges and Universities] debt-free. And what we will always also do, because this is an incredible burden on millions and millions of young people who did nothing wrong except try to get the education they need, we are going to cancel all student debt in this country. And we are going to do that by imposing a tax on Wall Street speculation.
Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston

Elizabeth Warren on HBCU: (Education Jul 30, 2019)
Universal tuition-free college plus more for HBCUs

I have a plan on education that says we have to build a better education system for all our kids, but we've got to acknowledge what's happened on race. So my plan has universal, tuition-free college for all of our kids, but also increases the Pell Grants and levels the playing field by putting $50 billion into historically black colleges and universities. It cancels student loan debt for 95% of the kids with student loan debt and helps close the black-white wealth gap in America.
Click for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.   Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit)

Kamala Harris on HBCU: (Civil Rights Feb 11, 2019)
Reparations for blacks should include HBCU and reforms

Harris touched on race and mass incarceration, leading to broader discussions of her agenda for African Americans. When asked, the senator said she is in favor of some form of reparations.

"We have got to recognize [that] people aren't starting out on the same base in terms of their ability to succeed," she said. "So we have got to recognize that and give people a lift up."

As she outlined her agenda--highlighting plans for historically black colleges and universities, tax proposals to address poverty and criminal justice reforms--Harris defended President Barack Obama when asked about African Americans who say the former president didn't do enough for the black population.

"None of us can do enough. And we all know that," Harris said. "If you are a parent raising a child, you know we can never do enough. As leaders, we can never do enough. It's important to acknowledge that. But let's also give people credit for what they have accomplished."

Click for Kamala Harris on other issues.   Source: Politico.com, "Legalization," on 2020 presidential hopefuls

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