Rob Manning has been a news reporter at OPB since 2003, after briefly serving as host of OPB’s Morning Edition in the summer of 2002. Before coming to OPB, Rob contributed freelance print stories to Planning Magazine and Willamette Week, and worked as a reporter and producer for Free Speech Radio News. Rob covers education, the environment, and local government at OPB. Rob was part of the reporting teams that won a 2009 Peabody Award (“Hard Times”) and a Harry Chapin Media Award in 2004 (“The Hunger Series”). Rob won two investigative reporting awards in 2007, and has received multiple honors for his education series Learning With Less. Rob graduated from Pomona College with a concentration in anthropology and music. He learned radio at KBOO.
Three teachers at Portland's Wilson High School have been placed on paid leave, as administrators investigate what's been characterized as a "hazing" or "bullying" incident.
High schoolers in Oregon and Washington who go on to four-year private colleges are more likely to graduate than similar students elsewhere.
The Opportunity Grant is for very low-income college students to spend at the Oregon college or university of their choice. But its reach is limited.
President Obama's goal of "free community college" has spurred a debate over how to help more people afford higher education.
Dozens of Portland parents and teachers called on other parents Tuesday to say "no" to new standardized tests that are rolling out next month.
The 2014 Oregon Teacher of the Year was hoping to pressure his school district employers at a school board meeting Tuesday night but the district canceled the meeting.
Oregon's House Education Committee heard testimony Monday on high-stakes exams.
Top education officials in Oregon are proposing what could be a seismic shift in how public schools use tests.
Oregon public school enrollment rose by a fraction of a percent, but a number of districts are seeing much faster growth than that.
A national report this week put Oregon last among states for its 2013 high school graduation rate. On paper, Oregon's 2014 graduation rate went up a few points. What's happening on the ground is often a good news, bad news story.
Oregon's graduation rates ticked up last year but they still show that nearly three in ten high school seniors fail to earn diplomas in four years.
The National Council on Teacher Quality says Oregon's retirement system is more than 95 percent funded. But that's a sore point with Oregon's teachers union.
New figures from the U.S. Department of Education put Oregon's high school graduation rate at the bottom, nationally.
The Portland Public School board is going to try again Tuesday evening to approve significant changes to its transfer policies. Protesters chanting "no peace, no justice," prevented the vote last week.
There are few education issues as divisive as standardized testing. The debate around them is likely to get more intense in the Northwest, as the spring window for new, tougher tests approaches. The tension has arrived on Capitol Hill this week.
Oregon children from Spanish-speaking backgrounds may be better prepared to start reading English, than Spanish, judging by findings in a report out Wednesday.