The Kansas Board of Education hired Dr. Amy Robertson as the new principal of Pittsburg High School. Maddie Baden (17) from the student newspaper decided to write an article about her. Students on the newspaper staff reviewed the article and found inconsistencies and odd details.
Baden said, “No one knew who Robertson was.” Baden and her fellow students began investigating the future principal’s background and credentials. Before long, the students began to realize there was something fishy about the situation.
‘The Booster Redux’ staff members had actually uncovered some articles from 2012 that actually stated Robertson’s involvement with the Dubai American Scientific School revealing that she did not have the right to work as the institution’s principal and that the school’s license had also been suspended.
Baden later told ‘The Kansas City Star’ that the old newspapers “raised a red flag. If students could uncover all of this, I want to know why the adults couldn’t.” As a consequence, half a dozen students spent around three weeks looking into their future principal’s background. They soon discovered that they had only just touched the surface of the scandal.
The team of investigators decided to look deeply into Robertson’s past education. For example, she had said that she had received a master’s degree and a doctorate from Corllins University. Robertson also stated that she had taken online classes and also visited the campus in Stockton, California, from time to time.
When the students decided to check the college’s website, they couldn’t find any truth that the institution ever existed in the first place. The Better Business Bureau also claims that Corllins is not an accredited business and has no known physical address. There have actually been reports that accuse the college of being a scam that allows people to buy a degree.
Soon after, ‘The Booster Redux’ published an article on the front page of its March 31, 2017 issue, revealing everything they’ve found. Editor of the paper, Trina Paul explained that the publication had wanted to expose the truth after noticing inconsistencies in Robertson’s story.
Robertson told ‘The Kansas City Star’,
“The current status of Corllins University is not relevant. When I received my MA in 1994 and my Ph.D. in 2010, there was no issue. All of my degrees have been authenticated by the U.S. government.”
In light of all the issues that arose, Amy Robertson felt that it was in the best interest of the district to resign her position.