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Federal Investigators Look Into Robertson County Schools

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By Chris Cannon

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. - Federal investigators will be in Robertson County next month to look into complaints of discrimination and racial imbalance at schools within Springfield's city limits.

City alderman James Hubbard is one of the people who filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education about his perceived inequalities within the school district.

During an interview with NewsChannel 5 he did not try to hide is contempt for the Robertson County Board of Education.

"They're not looking out for Springfield. They're really trying to drive Springfield into the ground," Hubbard said.

The alderman has contended schools out in the county, with predominantly white students, get better resources than schools within the city of Springfield. He said that has taken a toll on their education.

"Overcrowded issues with dysfunctional kids, which causes these dysfunctional kids to starve out the kids who have the potential," according to Hubbard.

In his complaint, Hubbard alleged issues with the county's redistricting plan, discrimination and racial imbalance, and lackluster facilities for students in Springfield.

"The insensitivity that prevails in the predominately white male dominated board of education, the insensitivity still perpetuates what we call institutional racism," said Hubbard.

Robertson County School administrators were not available for comment on Thursday. They were attending an out-of-town retreat.

But the district did respond to the investigation in a written statement.

"Robertson County Schools will continue to do all we can to provide the best education available for all of our students regardless of race or creed.  They are all our children and deserve the best we can give them," communications coordinator Jim Bellis wrote.

Federal investigators will be in Robertson County in mid-June. Hubbard is hopeful they can make a difference.

"I think this federal investigation will stir it up enough that something will get done. Something will get done," he said.

Eighty percent of student in Robertson County are white. The highest percentage of minority students attend schools within the Springfield city limits.

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