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.
The Multnomah Education Service District discriminated against Oregon's 2014 Teacher of the Year — and retaliated against him when he complained, according to state investigators.
Three reasons he might stay... and three reasons he could leave.
News | Education | local | Class Of 2025OPB | June 27, 2015 6 a.m. | Portland
OPB's Class of 2025 finished second grade earlier this month. OPB caught up with many of the students during Field Day at Earl Boyles Elementary School, and did end-of-year photos of each of the 29 participating kids.
The Portland-area education agency Thursday accepted the superintendent's resignation and signed a settlement with Oregon's 2014 Teacher of the Year.
Over the last six years, the summer lunch program grew from serving 1.6 million lunches to more than 2 million. But according to state data, the expansion barely kept up with the pace of hunger among Oregon's children.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill Tuesday, allowing parents to more easily opt out of state testing under the Common Core curriculum.
Damascus, Oregon could cease to be a city a year from now after bills cleared the Legislature on Monday.
The state has spent nearly $2 million to expand Eastern Promise. But some lessons are hard to replicate.
To help students plan for the future, 46 grade schools in eastern Oregon are part of a program starting in fifth grade.
Latino students in Oregon graduate high school and enroll in college less often than other students. Eastern Promise aims to close that gap through a language exam that delivers college credit.
More than 40 eastern Oregon high schools have joined with college leaders in a program to help students from the area get a head start on college. It's become a model for the whole state.
News | Education | Technology | localOPB | June 9, 2015 5:34 p.m.
Tech companies like Facebook and Amazon had been lobbying Oregon lawmakers for more access to student data.
Construction at Reynolds High should improve safety and relieve crowding.
The votes a decade ago to create Portland's Kindergarten-to-8th grade schools were contentious. Reversing those moves could be complicated.
Superintendent Carole Smith told an advisory committee that a PPS analysis underway will likely point to a big change, reversing a shift to Kindergarten-through-8th grade schools, from a decade ago.
News | Education | local | Testing 1,2,3OPB | May 29, 2015 11 a.m. | Portland
In Part 6 of OPB's occasional series, "Testing 1-2-3," teachers and administrators say the new standardized tests in Oregon - the "Smarter Balanced" exams - cut into a precious school resource: time.
News | Education | local | Testing 1,2,3OPB | May 28, 2015 11:15 a.m. | Mosier, Oregon
Part 5 of "Testing 1-2-3," OPB's occasional series on standardized testing, examines schools' varying feelings about Oregon's shift to new state tests.