Reporter and Producer
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.
Early childhood advocates, supporters of increased mental health resources, students calling for smaller class sizes all urged support for the billion dollar plan to support K-12 schools.
Inclusion coordinator Larry Morgan and liaison to the State Board of Education Kim Sordyl are the latest to depart, the Secretary of State's office now led by Bev Clarno.
Oregon would enact a new tax on businesses and raise more than $1 billion annually for public schools, under a legislative proposal laid out Thursday, after more than a year in development.
The latest special education report card finds many Oregon schools struggling to avoid disproportionate punishments against students with disabilities and to ensure those students earn diplomas.
Oregon officials announced the completion of a vast database of student information, even as the state acknowledged a security lapse of personal data in another part of state government.
Tribal leaders and members of Oregon’s congressional delegation have been concerned that Chemawa is mismanaged and falling short of its mission to serve as a refuge for Native youth in search of stability and education.
Everyone is frustrated at the difficulty of shifting away from physical interventions and toward individualized support for children with special needs. But changing the rules is hard.
Thousands of times a year, Oregon and Washington students have been physically restrained or isolated from peers. Parents say what's meant as a last resort happens too often, without their knowledge.
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.
Portland State University should retain its armed campus police force, according to Margolis Healy, a consulting firm hired by the university.
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.
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.
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.
Five legal groups are suing the state of Oregon over its oversight of special education programs for students with disabilities in small, rural communities.
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.
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.
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.