New principal resigns after high school student newspaper challenges credentials

Amy Robertson was set to be the $93,000-a-year principal of Pittsburg High School in Kansas. But she quit before her first day after the student newspaper found that her Masters' degree and Ph. D. were from a diploma mill.

“She was going to be the head of our school, and we wanted be assured that she was qualified and had the proper credentials,” said Trina Paul, a senior and an editor of the Booster Redux, the school newspaper. “We stumbled on some things that most might not consider legitimate credentials.” ...

Pittsburg 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. They worked very hard to uncover the truth.”

Students journalists published a story Friday questioning the legitimacy of the private college — Corllins University — where Robertson got her master’s and doctorate degrees years ago. U.S. Department of Education officials, contacted by The Star, confirmed student reports; the federal agency could not find evidence of Corllins in operation. The school wasn’t included among the agency’s list of schools closed since 1986. Robertson earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa.

Robertson insisted "all three of my degrees have been authenticated by the US government," whatever that means, and that she would not respond to students' questions about he credentials "because their concerns are not based on facts.”

You'd think "look them up on Google" would be part of the hiring process, but no!

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  1. Hey, I've got degrees from Havard, Yail, Printston, among others.

  2. The Superintendent should also resign. What the students did was great, but it wasn't exactly difficult for them to discover this, or for the Kansas City Stay to confirm it, so why didn't the Pittsburg Community Schools Superintendent? A 5 minute Google search would have uncovered questions about the school the woman's Master's and PhD were from. I would expect a more thorough vetting job when hiring the school janitor than what they did for the school Principal. Has anyone looked into the Superintendent's credentials?

  3. “That raised a red flag,” Baden [one of the student journalists] said. “If students could uncover all of this, I want to know why the adults couldn’t find this..”

    Welcome to the first moment of your real education. Now go and investigate why so many adults voted for Trump.

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