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.
The CDC has all kinds of recommendations for how to open classrooms. But a year into the pandemic, many schools, including two in Massachusetts and Oklahoma, have found their own way of doing things.
A school district in Oklahoma plans to group students together who have been exposed to the coronavirus. That way they can continue in-person schooling. Health advocates are worried about the idea.
For-profit virtual charter schools have been dogged by complaints of low student performance, fraud and waste. Still, many are seeing a pandemic-induced enrollment surge.