Student journalists' probe into new principal's credentials leads to resignation

Henrietta Brewer
April 5, 2017

An incoming high school principal has resigned in Kansas after student reporters investigated and raised questions about her credentials.

Robertson said she attended the university before it lost its accreditation, the Pittsburg Morning Sun reported.

She continued, "The current status of Corllins University is not relevant because when I received my MA in 1994 and my PhD in 2010, there was not issue". 'The Board has agreed to accept her resignation'.


The group of five juniors and one senior tried looking up Corllins University, the private university principal Amy Robertson claimed as her alma mater for graduate and doctoral degrees, the school's website didn't work. She was previously a principal at a school in Dubai but that fell through after the agency governing education there declared that she was unfit for the job.

The articles, published in 2012, stated that Dubai education officials suspended the license of that school and accused Robertson of not being authorized to serve as its principal.

"As CEO, she advised global companies on education projects, including writing and implementing curriculum and school policies, developing and executing professional development, and advising on school construction and renovation projects", the release said.


Pittsburg journalism adviser Emily Smith said she was "very proud" of her students, adding: "They were not out to get anyone to resign or to get anyone fired".

The six-student news team has drawn praise from journalists around the US. On April 4, 2017, Dr. Robertson resigned from her contract with Pittsburg Community Schools USD250.

"I have no comment in response to the questions posted by PHS students regarding my credentials because their concerns are not based on facts", Robertson told the Star.


"Amy Robertson felt it was in the best interest of the district to resign her position", Superintendent Destry Brown said in a statement following Tuesday's executive session. "They worked very hard to uncover the truth".

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