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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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Oregon Ethics Commission Considers Concealing, Destroying Public Recordings

State ethics commissioners are charged with policing the behavior of public officials. When a recording of their behavior in a private meeting got out, they tried to hide the recordings.

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Oregon Delegation Expands Inquiry Into Chemawa Indian School

Democrats from Oregon’s congressional delegation are turning up the heat on federal officials responsible for Chemawa Indian School.

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Sleeping In Not Just For Summer: Oregon Considers Later High School Start Times

Education research supports starting high school later. School and family schedules, and the logistics of carrying that out, make such changes difficult.

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Madras High's 'All About Graduation' Focus Pays Off

Oregon’s notoriously low graduation rate has been slowly climbing in recent years, up to nearly 77 percent a year ago. At Madras High School, it's improved a lot faster. 

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Oregon Deputy Filmed Striking Restrained Man Worked As School Resource Officer

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has reassigned a deputy who punched a man as he was held to the ground.  Until school let out this year, that deputy worked at Chemawa Indian School.

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PPS Approves Splitting, Moving ACCESS Academy Despite Objections

The Portland Public Schools board voted 6-to-1 Wednesday evening to split up and move a program for talented and gifted students.

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Imminent Decision On Portland's ACCESS Academy Faces Federal Lawsuit

Parents have filed a federal lawsuit against Portland Public Schools over its school for highly gifted students, on the eve of a board vote on the school's location.

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Marylhurst Closure Leaves Students, Alumni Searching For Answers

Less than two weeks ago, Marylhurst University announced it’s closing after 127 years. Leaders insist they had little choice. Students are reacting with a mix of grief, anger and confusion.  

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PSU's Evolution: Updating Campus To Attract New Generation Of Students

Portland State University's new buildings reflect an attempt to provide an affordable education in a modern package. 

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Startup University Challenge: How To Scale Up, Without Losing What Works

Like colleges and universities across the country, OSU-Cascades is part of a changing landscape in higher education.

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Marylhurst Faculty Challenge Decision To Close University

Faculty members say the Marylhurst Board of Trustees rebuffed their attempt to collaborate on ways to save the small private college.

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PPS Forcing Out Private School, With No Plan For Empty Building

De La Salle North Catholic has proven successful at getting students of color ready for college, over a decade at the Kenton Elementary building. Portland Public Schools is not extending its lease past 2021.

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Marylhurst University To Close Amid Shrinking Enrollment

Marylhurst's enrollment fell from more than 1,400 students in 2013 to just a few hundred remaining this spring.

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PPS Sexual Misconduct Investigation Prompts District, Union Responses

Investigators returned with an exhaustive 322-page report this week, confirming abuse first reported by The Oregonian.

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Oregon Lawmakers Promise Reforms For Chemawa Indian School

Lawmakers and tribal representatives met with the federal school's leadership and emerged with both immediate and long-range plans to overhaul the Salem boarding school.

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Portland Schools Bond Is $89 Million Over Budget Just 1 Year In

"Delusional" was the word two school board members used to describe the bond package voters approved last May.

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Another Portland School Community Resists Possible ACCESS Academy Move

Parents and students at a Portland arts school are pushing back against the possibility of moving in a program for gifted students. 

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PPS Faces Formal Complaint Over ACCESS Academy's Uncertain Location

Portland Public Schools is facing a formal complaint over its handling of ACCESS Academy - an alternative program for gifted students whose neighborhood schools were not adequately serving them.

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PPS Cuts Jobs At Central Office As Key Leaders Resign

The district's chief operating officer and chief strategic officer are both leaving, as Portland Public Schools announced a budget-driven cut of 35 central office positions.  

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National School Walkout Day Draws Students To Portland City Hall Rally

More than a thousand students from North Portland to Lake Oswego descended on Portland City Hall Friday as part of the National School Walkout against gun violence.