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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Oklahoma State Department of Education

Joy Hofmeister wants the internet in the home of every Oklahoma student.

In an interview Monday, she said the COVID-19 closures have exposed an equity gap between students who have home internet access and those who don’t.

“I want every one of our Oklahoma students to have access to a computer and internet access at home,” she said. “And I won’t rest until that’s done.”

About a third of people in Oklahoma lack access to broadband.

The state of Oklahoma is trying to ensure normalcy for each of the state’s 115,000 special education students in the distance education environment caused by COVID-19.

School will vary widely for special education students. Some will see minimal differences from what instruction is given to their peers, while others will need increased attention from their parents.

But the Executive Director of Special Education Services for Oklahoma Todd Loftin says one thing is for certain: special education teachers across the state are ready for the challenge.

Coronavirus en Oklahoma: semana del 23 al 29 de Marzo

Mar 29, 2020

Actualizado el 29 de marzo a las 12:53 p.m. Esta publicación se actualizará a medida que obtengamos más información sobre COVID-19 en Oklahoma.

Un hombre del condado de Oklahoma de 50 a 64 años murió debido a COVID-19, lo que aumentó el número de muertes del estado a 16.

As school districts attempt to make a transition to distance learning, one resource they can turn to is Oklahoma’s Statewide Virtual Charter School Board.

The board has long helped smaller districts connect to vendors of virtual schooling through its Oklahoma Supplemental Online Course Program. Now that program will likely be kicked into overdrive.

Gov. Kevin Stitt's office

Oklahoma now has the capacity to perform 10,000 tests for COVID-19. Oklahoma State University obtained the testing kits.

Though Oklahoma's CareerTech center campuses are closed, educators and administrators are working to resume classwork remotely on April 6, alongside the state's K-12 schools. They provide education in areas like welding, nursing and cosmetology.

During a meeting Thursday, the board that oversees career and technology education discussed other ways the CareerTech centers can help with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Robby Korth / StateImpact Oklahoma

As the COVID-19 pandemic has halted businesses, public events and K-12 schools, Oklahoma’s higher education institutions have turned to virtual schooling for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

The University of Oklahoma has moved almost 4,000 of its formerly in-person classes to the internet. 

Trevor Brown / Oklahoma Watch

Gov. Kevin Stitt says there are probably five times as many COVID-19 cases as what the state has confirmed thus far.

Oklahoma State Department of Education

Oklahoma schools will remain shuttered for the spring 2020 semester to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Oklahoma State Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to close schools and implement a distance education program.

Oklahoma students are unlikely to step back into a classroom this spring as the state fights COVID-19 with massive school closures.

Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister announced that she wants to continue school closures until the end of the school year, a move that will require approval from the Oklahoma State Board of Education.