February 21, 2024

ABOVE PHOTO: Gov. Josh Shapiro (heart, entrance row), Secretary of Training Dr. Khalid Mumin (rear, second from left) together with lawmakers, Lincoln College leaders, college students, and workers pose for a photograph on the ceremonial invoice signing of Home Invoice (HB) 1461. (Photograph/pa.gov)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – On December 1, Gov. Josh Shapiro joined Secretary of Training Dr. Khalid Mumin, Rep. Jordan Harris (D-186th Dist.), Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Seventh Dist.), Sen. Carolyn Comitta (D-Nineteenth Dist.), Lincoln College president Brenda Allen and Lincoln College college students and workers for a ceremonial invoice signing of Home Invoice (HB) 1461, which supplies state funding for Lincoln College and different state-related universities. 

Gov. Shapiro signed HB 1461 into regulation as Act 11A on November 16, 2023. Act 11A will increase Lincoln College’s state funding by 21% to over $18 million, to be able to assist the college proceed to coach the following era of leaders, fund scholarships for college kids, recruit and pay the professors college students depend on, and produce on extra help workers for college kids.

“It’s a privilege to be again right here at Lincoln College nearly seven months after I delivered my first graduation tackle as governor – proper right here on this campus, to the Lincoln College Class of 2023,” Shapiro stated. “Our Commonwealth and our nation owe a debt of gratitude to this college and I’m proud to be again right here in the present day to pay down that debt by signing a invoice that will increase Lincoln College’s state funding by greater than $3 million this yr – a rise of greater than 21%. Beneath my administration, we’re growing a brand new imaginative and prescient for larger schooling – one centered on competitiveness and workforce improvement and grounded in entry and affordability. That imaginative and prescient will assist be certain that HBCUs like Lincoln can proceed to open the doorways to alternative for Pennsylvania college students for generations to come back.”  

Sponsored by Harris, HB 1461 allocates funding for state-related colleges – Penn State, the College of Pittsburgh, and Temple College – along with Lincoln College.

 “I used to be humbled and honored to face with the 14 college students from Lincoln College who walked to the state Capitol to demand state funding for his or her educations,” Harris, majority chairman of the Home Appropriations Committee, stated. “I launched HB1461 as part of the finances course of, but in addition as a result of we are able to’t simply present our younger individuals with entry to high-quality schooling; we should additionally assist them pay for it. The advocacy of these Lincoln College college students instantly contributed to the Senate lastly passing the funding. I’m completely happy in the present day to focus on the numerous progress we’ve made in securing funding for our state-related universities and to acknowledge these college students whose collective efforts performed a pivotal function.”

“As we speak we’re celebrating the motion of a lot wanted funding for our state associated universities, however we’re additionally celebrating the motion and dedication of fourteen college students from Lincoln College – the Freedom Fourteen,” Hughes stated. “These college students organized and walked 66 miles to Harrisburg to let lawmakers understand it was time to cease taking part in politics with their schooling. With that 66-mile stroll, Lincoln College college students did what for 169 years, they’ve all the time finished — lead. They lead with purposeful motion. With this invoice signing on this campus of nice historical past, we acknowledge that management in the present day, and ask for others to emulate it sooner or later.” 

“I need to thank the Lincoln College college students who reminded us what advocacy in motion appears like,” Comitta stated. “Their success in marching to Harrisburg and demanding that the legislature maintain its promise to fund Lincoln was a testomony to the facility our younger individuals have once they set up, mobilize, lace up their sneakers, and make their voices heard. Moreover, this was a hit not just for Lincoln but in addition for the three different state-related universities.”

In his inaugural finances tackle, Shapiro mentioned the necessity to rethink our system of upper schooling and directed Division of Training Secretary Dr. Khalid Mumin to convene a working group of upper schooling leaders from throughout the Commonwealth. Together with voices from the Commonwealth’s HBCUs in that dialog – along with voices from state-relateds, the PASSHE system, neighborhood schools, and our unbiased schools and universities – was a precedence for the division, and Lincoln College President Brenda A. Allen is a member of that working group. The Shapiro administration is dedicated to growing a plan for larger schooling reform based mostly on the working group’s ultimate suggestions.

“Gov. Shapiro’s presence on our campus is a testomony not solely to his robust help for larger schooling, but it surely speaks to the worth that he locations on Lincoln College and our college students,” Allen stated. “We’re extraordinarily pleased with the Lincoln college students who have been compelled to stroll from our campus in southern Chester County to Harrisburg to emphasise the urgency of passing the State Appropriation Invoice, which included elevated funding for Lincoln to reinforce help of pupil retention, commencement, and success. I’m grateful for the endorsement of our legislators and the Governor, and particularly happy to have had this distinctive alternative to focus on the influence that the actions and voices of our college students made on this yr’s finances course of.”

 Lincoln College pupil leaders Drake Smith, who’s a member of the Governor’s Advisory Fee on Subsequent Technology Engagement, and MaKenzie Hanks joined the governor for the ceremonial signing.

“As we speak we consult with ourselves as the primary diploma granting HBCU. Lincoln College was the nation’s first pledge of emancipation – and a tiny college nestled within the rolling hills of Chester County has modified the face of this nation. I’m so glad that now we have a governor, state senators and representatives, and scores of native elected leaders that proceed to agree with that nice notion,” Smith stated. “As Lincoln appears ahead to 170 years of emancipation by schooling, we should all recommit ourselves to this mission of studying, liberating, and main.”

“Thanks for becoming a member of us for the historic day. I need to give a particular because of everybody that supported this effort – from the alumni to the individuals who love Lincoln, Dr. Allen, our governor Josh Shapiro, and the legislators behind us to make this second doable,” stated Lincoln College pupil MaKenzie Hanks. “This second isn’t about insurance policies or partisanship, and it’s larger than the 14 college students who walked to Harrisburg. As we speak is about perseverance and freedom – and as we witness the signing of this invoice, let’s not take a look at simply the monetary allocation. Let’s let this be a logo of democracy and a logo of what could be completed once we use our voices collectively.”