Federal Investigators Headed To Robertson County Schools
ROBERTSON COUNTY, Tenn.- Federal investigators plan to meet with the top brass at Robertson County schools this month to discuss allegations of segregation.
The meetings come after years of complaints to the U-S Department of Education's office for Civil Rights, about a lack of diversity and low test scores within the district's schools especially those inside Springfield city limits.
Eighty percent of student in Robertson County are white. The highest percentage of minority students attend schools within the Springfield 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. 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.
In his complaint, Hubbard alleged issues with the county's redistricting plan, discrimination and racial imbalance, and lackluster facilities for students in Springfield.
In 2011, attorneys with the Departments of Justice and Education met with Springfield residents about those issues. Meanwhile, district officials say they're working to improve diversity and test scores.