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Rob Manning

Rob Manning is a reporter and producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting. He covers education and local government.

Rob has been at OPB since 2002. He contributed to the 2009 Peabody Award winning “Hard Times” project and has earned multiple honors for the long-term education reporting effort, “Class of 2025.” 

Rob is part of National Public Radio’s education reporting partnership with member stations. In that capacity, Rob contributed stories in 2015 and 2016, on NPR projects related to graduation rates and school funding.   

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Recent Articles

local | News | Education | Politics

Federal Order On Transgender Student Protections Unlikely To Affect Oregon Students

OPB | Feb. 22, 2017 12:59 p.m. | Portland

Analysts of education law in Oregon suggest federal changes to transgender policy are unlikely to change guidelines here.

local | News

Protesters March Through Portland To Honor Slain Teen Quanice Hayes

OPB | Feb. 16, 2017 10:16 p.m. | Portland

At least 200 people marched through downtown Portland on Thursday evening to protest the police shooting of a black teenager last week.

local | News | Education

Absences Abound As 'Day Without Immigrants' Hits Oregon Classrooms

OPB | Feb. 16, 2017 1:39 p.m. | Portland

Schools from Portland to Salem, Clackamas County to Hillsboro are noticing the same thing: many students stayed home on 'Day Without Immigrants.'

local | Nation | News | Politics

'We Beat You': Northwest Leaders Cheer Court Ruling On Travel Ban

OPB | Feb. 9, 2017 5:26 p.m. | Portland

“I just saw a tweet from the president,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said. “He said ‘see you in court.’ Well, Mr. President, we just saw you in court and we beat you."

Oregon Kindergarten Assessment Points To Persistent Achievement Gaps

OPB | Feb. 9, 2017 3:08 p.m. | Portland

Oregon’s achievement gap between white students and children of color shows up in kindergarten, according to scores out today Thursday. But some of those gaps change over time.

local | News | Education

PPS Relies On Consultant To Keep Superintendent Search Private

OPB | Feb. 7, 2017 10:59 a.m. | Portland

An email from Portland Public Schools said a stakeholder advisory committee will give its advice to a consultant as a way to keep candidates' identities private.

local | News | Education

Portland Superintendent Search Explores Path Between Public And Private

OPB | Feb. 6, 2017 6:15 p.m. | Portland

Can Portland Public Schools run a superintendent search process that is both confidential and transparent?

local | News | Education | Politics

Oregon Schools Prepare For Possible ICE Visits

OPB | Feb. 1, 2017 2:45 p.m. | Portland

If Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents show up at Oregon schools, laws tend to protect students and their information.

Politics | Nation | News

Hundreds Rally In Portland Against Trump Travel Ban

OPB | Jan. 30, 2017 5:30 p.m. | Portland

Hundreds of people rallied in downtown Portland to oppose President Trump's travel ban on seven majority Muslim countries.

local | News | Education

Presidents Of Oregon Universities Decry Trump Travel Ban

OPB | Jan. 30, 2017 11:13 a.m. | Portland

Oregon's three largest universities say they're working with and advising dozens of students from countries affected by the new travel and immigration restrictions.

local | News | Education

Oregon High School Graduation Rate Improves

OPB | Jan. 26, 2017 8:32 a.m. | Portland

The bump, from about 73.8 to 74.8 percent, was driven in part by student groups that have historically graduated at lower rates.

local | News | Education

Portland Favors School Bond With $790 Million Price Tag

OPB | Jan. 23, 2017 6:15 p.m.

Portland Public Schools is considering four options for a likely May bond measure. But one is the leading candidate.

local | News | Politics

6 People Arrested During J20 Protests In Downtown Portland

OPB | Jan. 20, 2017 2:15 p.m. | Portland

Police deployed pepper spray against some protesters Friday night in downtown Portland as the group attempted to move across police lines and cross the Burnside Bridge.

local | News | Education

Oregon Education Officials Offer Relief To Snow-Battered Schools

OPB | Jan. 19, 2017 3:03 p.m. | Portland

Oregon school districts have canceled as many as 13 days due to snow. State officials may let schools off the hook for two.

local | NW Life | News

Rampant Road Closures As Oregon Winter Weather Continues

OPB | Jan. 19, 2017 11:09 a.m. | Portland

The Portland area is already seeing landslides. Eastern Oregon is still frozen.

local | News | Education

Oregon Schools To Homebound Kids: Please Read And Do Math

OPB | Jan. 18, 2017 4:36 p.m. | Portland

The ice, harsh winds and steep hills conspired to keep the Corbett School District superintendent from even reaching the office Wednesday, along with all of the district's students.

Health | News | Food | local

Hunger Relief Organizations Battle Through Portland Snow, Ice

OPB | Jan. 17, 2017 1:24 p.m. | Portland

Snow and ice are hard on hungry families and seniors. But social service food providers said they're adjusting to make sure food gets to the people who need it most.

Listen: What A Snow Day Sounds Like In Portland

OPB | Jan. 11, 2017 6:36 p.m. | Portland

What does a snow day sound like in Portland? Take a listen to this audio postcard gathered by OPB reporters.

local | News | Education

Records Show How One School District Handled Last Big Portland Storm

OPB | Jan. 6, 2017 3:59 p.m. | Portland

Public records from the North Clackamas School District show administrators scrambling to find children and get them home, amid snow and freezing rain. 

local | News | Education

PCC Board Chair Steps Down Over 'Sanctuary College' Vote

OPB | Jan. 4, 2017 12:31 p.m. | Portland

Portland Community College board member Gene Pitts is resigning after disagreeing with fellow board members over a "sanctuary college" designation.