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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

News | Education

Oregon Students Still Missing A Lot Of School, 10 Months Into Absence Plan

OPB | Oct. 20, 2017 4:15 p.m. | Portland

Oregon launched its statewide chronic absenteeism plan last December. Ten months later, the problem is worse.

local | NW Life | News | Sports

Portland, Major League Baseball Renew Flirtation

OPB | Oct. 19, 2017 4:30 p.m. | Portland

A proposal first reported by Baseball America includes expanding the league by two teams, including one in Portland.

local | NW Life | News | Education

Siga A Los Estudiantes De Clase Del 2025 Desde Pre-escolar A Su Graduación Escolar

OPB | Oct. 16, 2017 1:49 p.m.

Legisladores de Oregón prometieron que para el 2025 tendrían un porcentaje de graduación de la secundaria del 100%. OPB está dando seguimiento a un grupo de estudiantes que pertenecen a la clase que se graduará ese año, desde que iniciaron su vida escolar hasta su graduación de la escuela secundaria. La clase del 2025 recién comienza el quinto grado de primaria. Estas son algunas de sus historias.

local | News | Education

Oregon Report Cards Show Progress, In At Least 1 Key Statistic

OPB | Oct. 12, 2017 8 a.m. | Portland

According to school and district report cards released Thursday, Oregon high schools are mostly hanging on to strong progress in getting freshmen started toward graduation.

local | News | Education

Betsy DeVos' Oregon Visit Met With Both Protest And Praise

OPB | Oct. 11, 2017 3:57 p.m. | McMinnville, Oregon

Protesters and teachers met U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on her visit to McMinnville High School Wednesday.

local | News | Education

PPS Superintendent Proposes Closing ACCESS Academy

OPB | Oct. 11, 2017 6:15 a.m. | Portland

The ACCESS Academy alternative program for highly Talented And Gifted students has been searching for a permanent home. Superintendent Guerrero would close it.

local | News | Education

Betsy Devos Scheduled To Visit McMinnville High School

OPB | Oct. 9, 2017 6:39 p.m.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos plans to visit McMinnville High School on Wednesday, according to the school district.

local | News | Education | Class Of 2025: Follow Students From 1st Grade To Graduation

'I Feel Nervous': When School Becomes A Sanctuary

OPB | Oct. 9, 2017 6 a.m. | Portland

What should schools do when a politically charged issue like immigration scares students?

local | News | Education

ACCESS Academy Parents Push Portland Public Schools For 'Home'

OPB | Oct. 7, 2017 7:54 a.m. | Portland

Finding a place for the ACCESS Academy program is one of the challenges as Portland Public Schools looks to shift programs in North and Northeast Portland.

local | Teachers | News | Education | Class Of 2025: Follow Students From 1st Grade To Graduation

Is Your Child's Brain A Muscle Or A Machine?

OPB | Oct. 2, 2017 6 a.m. | Portland

Is your mind more like a muscle that you can build? Or a machine that can only do certain things well? A new focus on mindsets is changing classrooms.

local | News | Education | Siga A Los Estudiantes De Clase Del 2025 Desde Pre-escolar A Su Graduación Escolar

'Sentí Que No Era Tan Inteligente Como Los Demás'

OPB | Sept. 26, 2017 2:20 p.m.

En este episodio del podcast de OPB, "Clase del 2025", los periodistas Roxy De La Torre y Rob Manning visitan a Shelby en su escuela y en su hogar — y aprenden cómo dificultades como la dislexia afectan la educación de un niño.

local | News | Education

4 Things To Know About The Fight Over Portland's Humboldt Building

OPB | Sept. 26, 2017 10:45 a.m. | Portland

Two schools. One building. What's going on?

local | News

Portland Police, School Leaders Investigate Fight After Football Game

OPB | Sept. 25, 2017 4:49 p.m. | Portland

Portland Police are investigating a fight that broke out Friday night near a MAX station after a high school football game between longtime rivals Grant and Jefferson high schools.

local | News | Education | Class Of 2025: Follow Students From 1st Grade To Graduation

'I Already Learned This': The Challenge Of Teaching TAG Students

OPB | Sept. 25, 2017 6 a.m.

How should schools teach kids who are way ahead of the pack, like Class of 2025 students Anna and Johnathan?

local | News | Education

Mayor Urges Portland Schools To Let Charter School Stay Put

OPB | Sept. 21, 2017 4:40 p.m. | Portland

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is the latest area leader to call on the state’s largest school district to let a small charter school stay where it is.

Teachers | News | Education | Parents | Family | Nation

PPS Launches Investigation Into Alleged Sex Abuse By Former Teacher

OPB | Sept. 19, 2017 4:28 p.m.

Portland Public Schools launched an investigation Tuesday into an alleged pattern of sexual harassment and abuse by a former teacher and coach.

local | News | Education | Class Of 2025: Follow Students From 1st Grade To Graduation

'I Felt I Just Wasn’t As Smart As Everybody Else'

OPB | Sept. 18, 2017 6 a.m. | Portland

States have increased their focus in recent years on disorders that can interfere with academic success, like dyslexia. Meet "Class of 2025" student Shelby as she tries to become a better reader.

local | Sports | News | Education

Beaverton School Sports Face Investigation Over Sex Discrimination

OPB | Sept. 14, 2017 5:32 p.m. | Portland

Oregon education officials have warned Beaverton that if the allegations are true, the treatment of male and female athletes could violate state law.

local | News | Education | Siga A Los Estudiantes De Clase Del 2025 Desde Pre-escolar A Su Graduación Escolar

'No Hablo El Mismo Idioma Que Mis Padres'

OPB | Sept. 14, 2017 3:35 p.m.

Ashley es como decenas de miles de niños en Oregon que vienen de familias en las que sus padres hablan otros idiomas, que no es el inglés.

local | News | Education

Oregon Standardized Test Scores Show Racial Gaps Remain

OPB | Sept. 14, 2017 8 a.m. | Portland

Standardized test scores showed little change from the last two years. But how the scores will be used is changing.