Kansas school head quits over student newspaper probe


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Emily Smith/Pittsburg High School

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The Booster Redux team has drawn praise from journalists around the US

A newly appointed high school head in Kansas has resigned after the student newspaper cast doubt on her qualifications.

The investigation by the Pittsburg High School publication, the Booster Redux, started as an introductory profile of the new head.

But after three weeks they found that a college attended by Amy Robertson lacked accreditation.

The six-student news team has drawn praise from journalists around the US.

Ms Roberston was hired by the Pittsburg Board of Education on 6 March.

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The Booster Redux

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The newspaper’s front page on Friday

The school district met on Tuesday night to accept her resignation from the $93,000-a-year (£74,500) post.

In a statement, the board said that “in light of the issues that arose, Dr Robertson felt it was in the best interest of the district to resign her position”.

Trina Paul, editor of the Booster Redux, said: “She was going to be the head of our school and we wanted be assured that she was qualified and had the proper credentials.

“We stumbled on some things that most might not consider legitimate credentials.”

During a conference call with the students, Ms Robertson “presented incomplete answers, conflicting…

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