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Rob Manning


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.

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Recent Articles

Education | local | News

3 Wilson High School Teachers Placed On Leave After 'Bullying' Incident

OPB | Feb. 25, 2015 12:11 p.m. | Portland

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.

Education | News

Northwest Students' Community College Graduation Rates Lag

OPB | Feb. 24, 2015 11:51 a.m.

High schoolers in Oregon and Washington who go on to four-year private colleges are more likely to graduate than similar students elsewhere.

Education | News

Oregon's College Grants Help Only 1 In 5 Poor Students

OPB | Feb. 24, 2015 7:29 a.m.

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.

Education | News

Free Community College? Here's How That Might Work In Oregon

OPB | Feb. 23, 2015 10:21 a.m.

President Obama's goal of "free community college" has spurred a debate over how to help more people afford higher education.

Energy | Education | local | News

Six Portland Schools To Add Rooftop Solar Panels

OPB | Feb. 20, 2015 4:07 p.m.

A half-dozen Portland school buildings are getting solar panels thanks to an agreement school and utility officials announced this week.

Education | local | News

Portland Parents Back 'Opt-Out' Campaign Against Standardized Tests

OPB | Feb. 18, 2015 7:05 a.m. | Portland

Dozens of Portland parents and teachers called on other parents Tuesday to say "no" to new standardized tests that are rolling out next month.

Education | News

Oregon Teacher Of The Year In Conflict With His Employers

OPB | Feb. 17, 2015 4:58 p.m. | Portland

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.

Politics | Education | News | OPB News Blog

Kate Brown On Education

OPB | Feb. 17, 2015 1 p.m. | Portland

Now that Kate Brown is rising from Oregon Secretary of State to Governor, Oregonians across the state are trying to get to know the state's top Democrat a little better.

Oregon Legislators Hear Testimony On High-Stakes Exams

OPB | Feb. 9, 2015 4:47 p.m.

Oregon's House Education Committee heard testimony Monday on high-stakes exams.

Education | News

Education Panel's Proposal Could Shake Up Testing In Oregon Schools

OPB | Feb. 8, 2015 5:30 p.m. | Portland

Top education officials in Oregon are proposing what could be a seismic shift in how public schools use tests.

Education | local | News

Oregon Schools Growing, Some Districts More Than Others

OPB | Feb. 4, 2015 5:27 p.m. | Portland

Oregon public school enrollment rose by a fraction of a percent, but a number of districts are seeing much faster growth than that.

Economy | Science | Education | News

OSU Plans New Science Facilities

OPB | Jan. 30, 2015 4:13 p.m. | Portland

Oregon State University's president followed up the school's billion dollar fundraising campaign Friday, with ambitious plans for the future.

Education | local | News

Oregon's Graduation Rate: Unpacking The Numbers

OPB | Jan. 29, 2015 5:13 p.m. | Portland

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.

Education | News

Oregon Graduation Rates Improving, But Still Need Work

OPB | Jan. 29, 2015 midnight | Portland

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.

Education | local | News

Oregon PERS Better Funded Than Many Other Teacher Pension Systems

OPB | Jan. 27, 2015 5:24 p.m.

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.

Education | News

Oregon's 2013 High School Graduation Rate Lowest In The Nation

OPB | Jan. 26, 2015 4:35 p.m.

New figures from the U.S. Department of Education put Oregon's high school graduation rate at the bottom, nationally.

Education | News

PPS Board Plans Tuesday Vote On Transfer Policy Changes

OPB | Jan. 20, 2015 6 a.m.

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.

Education | News

Debate On Standardized Testing Will Heat Up In The Northwest

OPB | Jan. 14, 2015 4:14 p.m.

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.

Education | News

Oregon's Kindergarten Assessment Report Is Released

OPB | Jan. 14, 2015 3:04 p.m.

Oregon children from Spanish-speaking backgrounds may be better prepared to start reading English, than Spanish, judging by findings in a report out Wednesday.

Education | News

Portland Public Schools Consider Boundary Changes

OPB | Jan. 14, 2015 11:22 a.m.

As the Portland school board finalizes big changes to its transfer policy, the state's largest district has already started work on an even thornier topic: school boundaries.