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Rob Manning


Rob Manning is a news editor at Oregon Public Broadcasting, with oversight of reporters covering education, healthcare and business. Rob became an editor in 2019, following about 15 years covering schools and universities in Oregon and southwest Washington as OPB’s education reporter.

Rob was part of an OPB team that won a Peabody Award in 2009 for “Hard Times,” which examined the regional effects of the Great Recession. More recently, Rob has earned multiple honors for leading OPB’s long-term project, “Class Of 2025.” Rob’s reporting in 2017 with OPB’s Tony Schick on problems at Chemawa Indian School, a federal boarding school in Salem, Oregon, for Native American students, has led to congressional inquiries and hearings.

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Federal Report Finds Students Nationwide Restrained, Isolated Without Tracking

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler, R-Washington, called in the Government Accountability Office after hearing students were being restrained and isolated without the incidents being properly tracked. 

local | Politics | Education | News

Schrader Calls For BIE Director Replacement Over Chemawa Problems

Chemawa Indian School in Salem has faced mounting scrutiny from Oregon’s congressional delegation. Now, Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Oregon, wants Bureau of Indian Education Director Tony Dearman replaced.

Nation | Education | News

Desperation And Broken Trust When Schools Restrain Students Or Lock Them In Rooms

Restraint and seclusion are controversial practices in public schools. They are most often used on students with disabilities, and parents say they take an emotional toll.

Land | Nation | Environment | News | local | Politics

Federal Judge Blocks Grazing Permits To Oregon Family At Heart Of Malheur Occupation

U.S. Judge Michael H. Simon issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday, blocking the grazing permits issued to Dwight and Steven Hammond by former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

local | Politics | News

Oregon Legislators Consider Damascus: Mortally Wounded, Or Chance At Rebirth?

The fate of the city-or-not in Clackamas County fell to the Senate Rules Committee Monday, just as the Oregon Legislature heads into its final weeks before sine die.

local | Politics | News

Restraint Redefined In Oregon Bill To Improve Classroom Safety

Oregon lawmakers easily passed Senate Bill 963 on Wednesday, intended to clarify what teachers can and can’t do when it comes to restraining students.  

Health | local | Water | News

Myrtle Creek Officials Declare City Water OK To Drink

Officials in the city of Myrtle Creek, Oregon are giving the "all clear" to water that was likely compromised by a nearby fuel spill. 

NW Life | local | Politics | News

To Re-Dissolve Damascus, Clackamas County Looks To Salem

Clackamas County commissioners argue it's "not possible to restore the city to its pre-disincorporation state.” They're pressing legislators to step in. 

local | Election | Politics | Education | News

Oregon Voters Approve Taxes To Help Local Schools

With turnout dipping below 15% in some parts of the state, school administrators can be grateful that the folks who did cast ballots were supportive of increased funding for public education. 

Nation | local | Politics | Education | News

Congressional Hearing On Chemawa Lays Out Possible Fixes To 'Total Crisis'

"Total crisis" and "unconscionable" were among the words used to describe management of Oregon's Chemawa Indian School during a congressional hearing Thursday. 

local | Education | News

PSU President Rahmat Shoureshi Forced Out

Rahmat Shoureshi is stepping down as Portland State University president after 21 months at the helm and several months under intense scrutiny.

local | Politics | Business | Education | News

Proposed Tax For Oregon Schools Dodges Business Opposition, Heads To House Floor

A proposed billion-dollar business tax for Oregon schools took a big step forward Monday, passing out of a special legislative committee created over a year ago to craft this very legislation. 

local | Education | News

Supporters Of $1B Oregon Education Plan Bring Wish Lists To Hearing

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.

local | Politics | News

2 More Leaving In Ongoing Shakeup Under New Oregon Secretary Of State

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. 

local | Politics | Education | News

Oregon Lawmakers Roll Out Billion-Dollar 'Student Success' Plan

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.

local | Education | News

Oregon Schools Struggling To Meet Special Education Priorities

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.

local | Education | News

Oregon Completes Combined School, College And Employment Info Database

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.

Education | Nation | Health | News | local | Politics

Oregon Leaders Plan Congressional Hearings On Chemawa Indian School

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.

local | Education | News

Changing The System Of Restraint And Isolations Won't Be Easy

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.

Teachers | Education | Health | News | Family | local

Vancouver Parents Sue, Settle Over Restraint And Isolation Of Disabled Children

In the 2016-17 school year, Vancouver Public Schools restrained students an average of once an hour, every day of school that year.