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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 | local | Education | Politics

Oregon School Leaders Consider Tighter Oversight In Wake Of Audit

As Oregon legislators look to spend more on public schools, Gov. Kate Brown met with school leaders to tighten financial oversight following a tough state audit.

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Portland City Services Prepare For Winter Wallop

Portland city leaders used phrases like "all hands on deck" and "we're in this together" in describing preparation for the anticipated winter weather.

News | local | Education

Linfield College Plans Cuts To Tenured Faculty

Linfield College is preparing to cut faculty positions to save costs. The small, private college in McMinnville, Oregon, is dealing with fewer students — but has plans to grow.

News | local | Education | Politics

Teachers Union Report Warns Of 'Crisis' From Disruptive Student Behavior

Teachers in Oregon public schools have been raising the alarm about deteriorating classroom conditions for years. A new report adds insight from 2,000 teachers.

News | local | Education

Portland Districts Question Cost, Timing Of School Police Shift

Portland Police Bureau officials have told school districts they need to start paying for their own school police officers — or possibly lose them. That's not going over well in school communities.

News | local | Education

Oregon's Graduation Rate Improves, But Achievement Gap Persists

Oregon high schools bumped up their graduation rates last spring, to an average of 78.7 percent statewide. But in a state as large and diverse as Oregon, graduation rates vary wildly from school to school.

News | local | Education

Oregon Sued Over Instruction Time For Students With Disabilities

Five legal groups are suing the state of Oregon over its oversight of special education programs for students with disabilities in small, rural communities.

News | local | Education

Flawed Estimates Force Beaverton Into School Budget Cuts

Beaverton School District has found $8 million to fill a budget gap that could be as large as $12 million for the current school year. 

News | local | Education

Risks Remain At Portland Schools After Millions In Earthquake Spending

Parents of children in Portland Public Schools have already gotten alarming messages that more than two dozen schools are at risk in an earthquake because of aging building materials.

News | local | Education | Politics

Audit: Many Problems At PPS, Oregon Department Of Education

The Oregon Secretary of State’s audit suggests that as legislators consider significant new investments in public schools, they should look hard at current spending patterns and student outcomes. 

News | local | Education | Politics

In Unusual Move, PPS Criticizes Oregon Audit Before It's Released

Auditors from the Oregon secretary of state's office spent a year digging into Portland Public Schools. PPS officials couldn't wait until the audit's Wednesday release to object to what it found.

News | local | Education

Oregon DOJ Leads $493M Settlement Against For-Profit College Chain

Oregon was a lead state in the legal fight against Career Education Corporation, a for-profit college chain, which has agreed to forgive $493.7 million in student debt.

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Former Trail Blazers Owner Larry Weinberg Dies At 92

Larry Weinberg has died at 92. Weinberg was part of a small ownership team that launched the Portland Trail Blazers, and was team president when they won a title in 1977.

News | local | Education

PPS' 2020 Bond May Change Direction On High Schools

Portland Public Schools is starting plans for a bond measure in 2020, and it might divert from the facilities plans set years ago, to prioritize renovations at all the high schools.

News | local | Education | Health

Class Of 2025: How A Sense Of Control Can Help Students With Childhood Trauma

Kids who’ve been through trauma are more than twice as likely to drop out before finishing high school. What helps? Giving the student flexibility and a greater sense of control. 

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

Class Of 2025: Meeting The Challenge Of Childhood Trauma With 'Extra Love'

One of the biggest barriers for kids on their journeys through school involves problems outside of school — like childhood trauma. 

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Oregon Teachers Call For Solutions To Disruptive Student Problems

Teachers say some problems have only gotten worse, like fraying supports for students’ emotional and psychological needs.

News | local | Education

Thinking Of Becoming A Linfield Wildcat? Your Cat Can, Too

Linfield College intends to crack the dorm room door just a bit, to let Fido, Spot or Fluffy scurry in.

News | local | Education

Portland Public Schools Could Allow Some Part-Time High School

As state officials revisit approval of part-time high school for certain students, the state's largest district remembers its recent history with adding instruction time.

News | local | Education

Gov. Kate Brown Questions Looser High School Class Time Rules

Seven weeks after backing her state Board of Education’s decision to loosen high school instruction-time requirements, Gov. Kate Brown is second-guessing the decision.