High school principal resigns after investigation by student journalists
- Author: Joanne Flowers Apr 05, 2017,
Apr 05, 2017, 21:30
A newly hired principal at a Pittsburg, Kansas high school resigned Tuesday after student journalists dug into her past credentials and went full All the President's Men on what they found.
The six-student news team has drawn praise from journalists around the US. Students uncovered articles that referred to Corllins as a diploma mill, where people can buy a degree or diploma.
The Pittsburg Morning Sun reports that school board members voted Tuesday during a special meeting to accept Amy Robertson's resignation as Pittsburg High School's principal.
Students became interested in Robertson, who lived in Dubai "on and off" for almost 20 years, after uncovering an article linking her to a school there that had its license suspended.
"They were not out to get anyone to resign or to get anyone fired", Smith said.
'That raised a red flag, ' told Maddie Baden, a 17-year-old junior at the school. 'If students could uncover this, I want to know why the adults couldn't find this'.
Ms Robertson told the Kansas City Star: "The current status of Corllins University is not relevant because when I received my MA in 1994 and my PhD in 2010, there was no issue". The school is not accredited by the U.S. Department of Education and an inquiry with the Better Business Bureau revealed that the school, address unknown, was not BBB accredited.
Of the students' questions about her credentials, she said: "I have no comment in response to the questions posed by PHS students regarding my credentials because their concerns are not based on facts". All three of my degrees have been authenticated by the USA government'.
Brown says the district will likely make changes to its vetting process.
The school district announced the resignation in a statement posted on the district website.
Students working on the high school's newspaper, The Booster Redux, began looking into Robertson's background after an electronic search of her name turned up several articles from 2012 about an English language school connected to Robertson in Dubai.