Pa. officials deny discrimination against Cheyney

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - October 3, 2013

The governor's office responded Thursday to statements by Cheyney supporters, who contend the historically black college is short-changed compared with mainstream institutions.

The group Heeding Cheyney's Call sent a letter to Gov. Tom Corbett last month demanding equitable funding for the state-owned school in southeastern Pennsylvania.

The group alleges an unfair fiscal formula has led to inferior facilities, plummeting enrollment and $14 million in debt. They say a discrimination lawsuit could follow if changes aren't made.

State officials say a lawsuit would have no merit. They say "forthright discussion" would be more productive.

The group's lawyer, Michael Coard, says he'll pursue such talks. He says Cheyney has suffered too long.

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