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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 | Sports | News | Education

High School Sports In Beaverton Face Gender Bias Questions

OPB | April 26, 2017 4:16 p.m. | Beaverton, Oregon

The Beaverton School District has agreed to work with state officials on an audit of its high school athletics programs. But some parents are pushing for faster action.

local | News | Education

Beaverton Proposes Cuts To Teachers, Spending On New Schools

OPB | April 21, 2017 2:03 p.m. | Portland

Beaverton anticipates a $15 million budget hole, but hopes to avoid laying off teachers.

local | News

More Than Half Of Clackamas County Homeless Are Children, 2017 Count Says

OPB | April 21, 2017 9:33 a.m. | Portland

Children make up more than half the documented homeless population in Clackamas County's 2017 count.

local | Politics | News | Education

Oregon Measure 98's Future Clouded By Funding Shortfall

OPB | April 20, 2017 2:13 p.m. | Portland

Voters easily passed Measure 98 last November to bolster career education and other programs. Paying for it is proving difficult.

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

Class Of 2025: From Homeschooled To Homeless

OPB | April 12, 2017 7:45 a.m. | Portland

The relationship between home and school is evolving for thousands of Oregon children.

local | Politics | News | Education

Is $8.1 Billion The Right Figure For Oregon School Funding? Good Question.

OPB | April 6, 2017 6:45 p.m. | Portland

Oregon schools are entering budget season. But lawmakers who decide how much money schools will receive are still months away from final spending numbers.

local | News | Politics

Right 2 Dream Too Homeless Camp To Move Across Willamette River

OPB | April 6, 2017 12:31 p.m. | Portland

Right 2 Dream Too has 60 days to move to a city-owned site near the Moda Center. It can stay at the new site for up to two years.

Special Education Report Cards Give Oregon Schools Mixed Grades

OPB | April 5, 2017 3:52 p.m. | Portland

Oregon school districts are largely meeting goals related to mainstreaming special needs' students, but graduation rates are lagging.

local | News | Education

Portland Budget Targets Cuts At High Schools, Invests In Maintenance

OPB | April 4, 2017 7 p.m. | Portland

Portland Public Schools' proposed budget would eliminate nearly 125 positions from inside school buildings to close a budget hole of at least $18 million.

local | Politics | News | Education

Oregon's Online Schools Offer Flexibility, But Graduation Rates Lag Behind

OPB | April 3, 2017 6 a.m. | Portland

Parents appreciate the flexibility of online charter schools, but the schools' graduation rates lag below Oregon's average.

local | Politics | News | Education

Fewer Teachers, Larger Classes: Oregon Schools Itemize Budget Cuts

OPB | March 23, 2017 11:38 a.m. | Portland

School districts across Oregon are warning of potentially deep budget cuts, if legislators don’t find additional money for public schools.

Economy | Environment | News | NW Life

Washington Supreme Court Upholds Oil Terminal Process

OPB | March 16, 2017 6:15 p.m. | Portland

The Washington Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Port of Vancouver and Tesoro-Savage, and against environmental groups.

local | History | News | Nation

Oregon School Districts Work To Keep Native American Mascots Through Tribal Agreements

OPB | March 16, 2017 12:45 p.m. | Portland

At least seven Oregon school districts are working to keep their Native American mascots by getting the support of local tribes.

local | News | Education

Poll Shows Support For Potential Oregon Business Tax Hike

OPB | March 13, 2017 2:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The Oregon School Boards Association published poll results showing potential support for another corporate tax hike.

local | Election | News | Education

PPS Chair Says He Won't Seek Re-election After Single Term

OPB | March 13, 2017 8 a.m. | Portland

Tom Koehler announced his decision to leave after one term in a statement Monday.  

local | News | Education

Longest-Serving PPS Board Member Won't Seek Re-election

OPB | March 9, 2017 9:26 p.m. | Portland

Pam Knowles has decided to leave office after her second term, adding to the turnover in Oregon's largest school district.

local | News

Portland's Mayor Signals Interest In Toll Roads

OPB | March 9, 2017 6:15 p.m.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Oregon officials don't have the "luxury" to not consider charging tolls as a way to pay for roads.

local | Sports | News

Former Portland Trail Blazer Cliff Robinson Hospitalized

OPB | March 8, 2017 3:42 p.m. | Portland

The family's brief statement did not detail what medical issue the 50-year-old is facing. The family has requested privacy.

local | Environment | News

Sea Lions Continue Salmon Feast At Bonneville Dam

OPB | March 7, 2017 6:29 p.m. | Portland

California and Steller sea lions took a bigger bite of the 2016 salmon run than they did in any previous year that federal officials have observed.

local | Nation | News

Portland Jewish Center Receives Bomb Threat

OPB | March 7, 2017 11:48 a.m. | Portland

There was no bomb at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center. Law enforcement is investigating if the threat is related to similar incidents in other cities.