Chicago State, a Lifeline for Poor Blacks, Is Under Threat Itself – The New York Times


The university has received no state funding in months, and may soon close, shuttering a path forward for an underserved community.

At Chicago State University, a 150-year-old, predominantly African-American school on the city’s far South Side, since last July, when the fiscal year began, the university has received zero dollars from the state, though it relies on Illinois for 30 percent of its $105 million budget. If no one swoops in with a rescue plan, the school could shut down, stranding students mid-degree, eliminating hundreds of jobs and shuttering a path forward for a poor and underserved community.

In February, the school declared a financial emergency. Officials canceled spring break and moved commencement up to April 28, rushing to finish the semester before funding goes dry.

Source: Chicago State, a Lifeline for Poor Blacks, Is Under Threat Itself – The New York Times

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