A federal judge allowed a discrimination lawsuit, filed by Florida A&M University students against, Gov. Ron DeSantis and other state officials to move ahead. The Tallahassee Democrat reports that U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle rejected the state’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. He also gave the six HBCU students 30 days to add more details to their case that alleges state underfunding, which they argue equals racial segregation rooted in the state’s pre-civil rights era policies.
Filed originally in September 2022, the students allege state funding disparities between FAMU and the University of Florida, which accumulated to approximately $1.3 billion between 1987 and 2020. The two schools are Florida’s only two public land-grant colleges, NBC news reports.