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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

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Controversial PSU Research That Raised FERPA Concerns Withdrawn

An academic paper based on controversial research by faculty at Portland State University’s education school has been withdrawn from possible publication.

Planned Student Walkouts Draw Varied Responses From Oregon Schools

Preparations for student walkouts on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland, Florida, shooting vary from Portland to Pendleton.

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Grad Student Complaint Raises Legal, Data Security Questions At PSU

The involvement of public school students and graduate student-teachers in an achievement gap study raises questions about how Portland State follows federal privacy protections. 

News | local | Education | Nation | Communities

Hood River Student Joins National Push For Gun Control

Democrats in the U.S. Senate held a hearing Wednesday as part of their push for stronger gun laws. A high school sophomore from Hood River was among their invited panelists.

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Mental Health Services Top Oregon Students' List Of Concerns

Mental health services, diversified career courses and teachers who can accept feedback are among high school students' top priorities, according to a new report.

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Oregon Bill To Remove Education Advocate Dies In Senate

Oregon Senate leaders confirm that a bill aimed at limiting who can serve on the state board of education has died. So advocate Kim Sordyl can remain.

News | Politics | Education | local

‘Witch Hunt’ Or ‘Legislative Intent?’ Oregon Lawmakers' Dilemma Over Kim Sordyl

Is a bill in the Oregon Senate targeting a specific member of the State Board of Education? Kim Sordyl's backers say yes. But proponents say the bill clarifies the purpose of those positions.

News | Politics | Teachers | Family | Education

Oregon Class Size Bill Misses Key Legislative Deadline

An effort led by Oregon teachers to bring class size into contract negotiations appears to have failed. 

News | Education | Technology | local

Oregon Schools Take To Social Media When Making Snow Day Decisions

Decisions on snow days Thursday varied from district to district. But use of social media to get the word out? Pretty similar.

News | Sports | Education | local

Mom's Prep Sports Investigation Finds Bias — And A System That Perpetuates Secrecy

Finding a pattern is one thing. Proving discrimination and getting changes is quite another … especially when the problems seem perfectly suited to slip through cracks in Oregon bureaucracy.

News | Sports | Education | local

Beaverton Mom's Quest Reveals Gender Bias In Oregon Prep Sports

How the founder of an after-school program became a lead investigator in how Oregon athletics are managed.

History | Communities | Teachers | Health | Nation | Education | News | local

Congress Presses BIE Director For Answers On Chemawa, Native Education

Oregon’s federal boarding school for Native Americans drew further scrutiny Wednesday at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

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In Oregon, Achievement Gaps In English And Math Start Before Kindergarten

Learning disparities based on race show up in kindergarten and persist, according to assessment data released Thursday by Oregon education officials.

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Audit Finds Wealth Of Problems With Oregon's Child Welfare Office

An audit from Oregon's Secretary of State takes aim at every aspect of a critical agency responsible for ensuring the safety of neglected and abused children.

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Oregon's Graduation Rate Rises 2 Points In 2017

Oregon’s graduation rate rose to 77 percent last spring, according to new numbers out Thursday. 

Education | local

PPS, Parents At Odds Over Providing Autism Therapy In Classrooms

Students with a medical diagnosis of autism have access to a specialized type of therapy. But do schools have to allow their therapists into classrooms?

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Longtime Oregon Superintendent Forced Into Early Retirement

Controversy surrounding a romantic relationship with an underling is forcing out former National Superintendent of the Year, Krista Parent, after 16 years leading the South Lane School District.

News | Politics | local

Multnomah County Leader Offers Apology, Directed To Repeat Slur

The rift between Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and Commissioner Loretta Smith flared again Thursday, in the wake of Kafoury using vulgarity toward Smith at a meeting last month. 

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

Estudio: El Ausentismo Escolar Disminuye El Rendimiento Académico De Los Estudiantes

Ha sido reportado por años que niños de razas de color y pertenecientes a familias de bajos recursos tienen el porcentaje de graduación escolar mucho más bajo que estudiantes provenientes de familias acaudaladas.

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

'Me Pueden Quitar A Mi Mamá'

La inmigración ilegal es un tema político de la administrativa Trump que ha tenido un efecto bastante fuerte en los estudiantes latinos del proyecto “Clase del 2025”.