Principal resigns after student reporters raise concerns

Incoming Pittsburg High School principal forced to resign

Incoming Pittsburg High School principal forced to resign

The principal of a Kansas high school resigned after a group of student journalists dug into her background and exposed her questionable credentials.

The resignation came less than a month after the Pittsburg Community Schools' Board of Education hired Robertson - on March 6 - to become the head principal at Pittsburg High School, CBS Pittsburg affiliate KOAM reports.

For one, when they researched Corllins University, the private university where Robertson said she got her master's and doctorate degrees years ago, the website didn't work.

Ms. Robertson was hired by the Pittsburg School District to fill a principal position beginning next school year. "The Board has agreed to accept her resignation". "We stumbled on some things that most might not consider legitimate credentials".

To the journalists at Pittsburg High School, I say congratulations and good work.

"They were not out to get anyone to resign or to get anyone fired", Smith said. "They worked very hard to uncover the truth".

The schools are known for their claims of accreditation by several organizations such as the "Accrediting Commission of International Colleges and Universities", "U.S. Bureau of Education", and the "The Higher Education Transfer Alliance".

Instead, research found that Corllins was a diploma mill, where one is able to buy a degree.

Pittsburg High School journalism adviser Emily Smith praised her student reporters, although she was forced to recuse herself from the story because she was on the committee to hire Robertson.

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Robertson said in an email that her degrees had been "authenticated by the USA government" and that she had no comment on the questions raised by the students "because their concerns are not based on facts". And searches on the school's website go nowhere.

Robertson denies that her degrees are illegitimate. 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.

Dollars 250 voted to hire Robertson at a March 6 board meeting for $93,000 a year.

'As superintendent, I feel like I let the teachers and the students down.

"I'm so incredibly proud of them", said Eric Thomas, executive director of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association.

They also found no evidence that Corllins was an accredited school, the Post reported.

To their credit, the superintendent and other school administrators supported and backed the students despite the fact that the investigation uncovered what is an embarrassing oversight and, frankly, shows a neglect of their student's well-being and safety.

But officials there told The Star the school could have been accredited in the past.

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