New HS Principal Resigns After Student Journalists Question Her Credentials
New Pittsburg, Kan., High School principal resigns after student journalists question her credentials https://t.co/rWD6Rz3aur
— The Kansas City Star (@KCStar) April 5, 2017
A new high school principal resigned from her position after student journalists dug into her past and raised questions about her credentials.
After Amy Robertson was hired last month to be principal at Pittsburg High School in Pittsburg, Kansas, journalists with the student newspaper, the Booster Redux, began researching her.
They quickly found some discrepancies in her education credentials, including that the university where she allegedly received her masters and doctorate degrees, Corllins University, does not appear to be an accredited institution.
After a weeks-long investigation, the students published an article Friday questioning the legitimacy of the Robertson's degrees and of her work as an education consultant.
Robertson resigned on Tuesday.
“In light of the issues that arose, Dr. Robertson felt it was in the best interest of the district to resign her position,” Pittsburg Community Schools said in a statement. “The Board has agreed to accept her resignation.”
“She was going to be the head of our school, and we wanted be assured that she was qualified and had the proper credentials,” Trina Paul told The Kansas City Star. “We stumbled on some things that most might not consider legitimate credentials.”
Pittsburg High School journalism adviser Emily Smith said she is “very proud” of her students.
“They were not out to get anyone to resign or to get anyone fired," she said. "They worked very hard to uncover the truth.”