Six students from a Kansas high school journalism team decided to look a bit deeper into their new principal. As the students worked on the school’s newspaper, they wanted to find out more about their new principal, Amy Robertson, who was hired for the position on March 6th.
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, and editor and a senior. “We stumbled on some things that most might not consider legitimate credentials.”
They tried to do some research on the principal’s university, Corllins University, but quickly realized that may not be a real place. The website didn’t work and there was no evidence that it was an accredited university.
The students dug deeper.
They found shocking evidence and articles citing that the Corllins was a “diploma mill,” a place to purchase degrees and certificates instead of actually doing any work. Robertson claimed to have received her master’s and doctorate degree from the university in 1994 and 2010, when it was accredited, but has also earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa as well as a teaching degree from the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England, but is not licensed in Kansas.
When they brought their findings to the district, Robertson thought it was best for everyone if she simply resigned.
Local news stations picked up on the story, and big news agencies began to congratulate the students on their hard work and keen eye for the truth!
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