An incoming high school principal in Kansas resigned after student reporters investigated and raised questions about her credentials, CBS News reported. The Pittsburg School Board accepted Amy Robertson's resignation on Tuesday.
Robertson's said she felt the decision “in the best interest of the district ... in light of the issues that arose.”
The resignation occurred less than a month after Pittsburg Community Schools’ Board of Education hired Robertson.
The students unearthed credibility concerns stemming from her master's and doctoral degrees from Corllins University--an unaccredited, online school. Robertson, however, said she received her degrees before the university lost accreditation.
“She was going to be the head of our school, and we wanted (to) be assured that she was qualified and had the proper credentials,” Trina Paul, a student editor at Pittsburg High School’s newspaper, The Booster Redux, told The Kansas City Star. “We stumbled on some things that most might not consider legitimate credentials.”
Superintendent Destry Brown applauded the student reporters.
“I appreciate that our kids ask questions and don’t just accept something because somebody told them.” He told the Pittsburg Morning Sun they “did a great job with the research they did.”
The district doesn't normally ask for official transcripts until after a hiring decision has been made, but thanks to the work of the student reporters, Brown said that will likely change.
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