Robby Korth

Education Reporter

Robby Korth joined StateImpact Oklahoma in October 2019, focusing on education reporting.

He grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma and Fayetteville, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Journalism degree.

Robby has reported for several newspapers, most recently covering higher education and other topics for The Roanoke Times in southwest Virginia. While there, he co-created the podcast Septic, spending a year reporting on the story of a missing five-year-old boy, the discovery of his body in a septic tank a few days after his disappearance, and the subsequent court trial of his mother. Although the story was of particular interest to residents in Virginia, the podcast gained a larger audience and was named as a New and Noteworthy podcast by Apple Podcasts.

On a personal note, Robby loves trivia games and won his elementary school's geography bee in fifth grade.

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KOSU is covering the coronavirus in Oklahoma and how it's affecting our lives. Bookmark this page for the latest updates.

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No one knows how many cases of the coronavirus are present in Oklahoma schools. But, we do know there are hundreds of cases in every part of the state.

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Oklahoma’s Statewide Virtual Charter School Board started the process to end its contract and support for Epic Virtual Charter Schools Tuesday afternoon.

This election cycle has been unlike any in recent memory.

StateImpact and Generation Citizen are recruiting Oklahoma high school students for a discussion about how they are consuming and using information about each candidate’s campaign and platform.

On Wednesday, October 21, we want to (virtually) get together students from different parts of Oklahoma, hear their perspective on the big issues being raised by the Presidential campaigns, and have a structured discussion about those perspectives.

Monday was not a good day for Epic Virtual Charter Schools.

The virtual charter behemoth is facing fresh scrutiny from Oklahoma leaders in the wake of an investigative audit report that says they owe millions of dollars to the state.

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The youngest kids will come back first.

In separate plans laid out to their respective school boards Monday night, superintendents for Oklahoma City Public Schools and Tulsa Public Schools announced plans to bring students back for in person learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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The first part of a long-awaited report from Oklahoma State Auditor & Inspector Cindy Byrd on Epic Charter Schools was released Thursday. Byrd found a litany of problems in her investigation of the school that has faced legal scrutiny for years.

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Oklahoma’s State Department of Health has begun a program to provide free COVID-19 testing for school teachers across the state.

The program will offer a monthly test to teachers and school staff who want to know if they have the coronavirus.

So far, the program has administered 1,081 tests and of those nine school staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

Continued diligence will be important to contain the spread of the virus as it continues to flare up around the state, state officials have said.

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A September surge of COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma is largely a result of the coronavirus’ spread on college campuses.

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Six parents of Stillwater Public Schools students are suing their childrens’ district over its distance learning policies amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The suit alleges the district’s policies to deal with the pandemic — shifting to virtual instruction when there are more than 50 new covid cases per 100,000 people in Payne County — is over the top.

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