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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

SEI Staff Removed From Portland's Jefferson High School Amid Inquiry

A legal complaint has led SEI staff to be kicked out of Jefferson High School - but the nonprofit's after-school programs continue.

Business | Sports | local | Technology | News

Blazers Prepare For A Season Without Paul Allen

By the time Paul Allen died Monday, he spent 30 of his 65 years as owner of the Portland Trail Blazers.

News | local | Education

Former Staffer Alleges Sexual Misbehavior At Portland Education Nonprofit

Self-Enhancement, Inc. has drawn praise for helping improve graduation rates for black students. But a legal complaint alleges sexualized behavior at the nonprofit.

News | local | Education

Oregon Schools Face Long, Uphill Road To More Diverse Teaching Force

Oregon's teaching force is only one-quarter as diverse as its student body — more than 25 years after passing a law to address that gap.

News | local | Education

Former CIO Strangfield To Sue Oregon Department Of Education

Susie Strangfield’s attorneys allege her concerns about a database's security were answered with discrimination and retaliation.

News | local | Technology | Education

FBI Warns Schools To Protect Student Data From Cybercriminals

The FBI issued an alert recently about “cyber threat concerns related to K-12 students.” Officials in Oregon schools are already well aware that student data is attracting cyber criminals.

News | local | Education

Portland District Diverts $200,000 From Schools To Cover Court Loss

A two-year legal fight over Portland Public Schools’ handling of public records has ended with a financial hit to Oregon’s largest school district.

NW Life | Land | News | local | Education

PSU Launches Research Centers To 'Change The World'

It's not often a university suggests a new research effort could potentially change the world. PSU says two of its own might.

News | local | Education

Legislative Committee Hears 'Adequate Funding' Mantra From Parents, Educators

The message from parents and educators to Oregon legislators was unmistakable: "find a way to spend more on schools." 

News | local | Education

Buehler Wants Gov. Brown To Fire Education Leader — But Which One?

Republican nominee for Governor, Knute Buehler called for a shake-up in leadership at the state’s troubled public school system. But Buehler misidentified who he wants fired.

News | local | Education

PSU Protesters Call For Disarming Campus Police At Security Building Rally

Students protesting the shooting of Jason Washington say they will occupy the steps of the PSU campus security building to pressure the school to disarm campus police.

Politics | News | local | Education

Oregon Ed Board Draws Criticism, Defense For Loosening Instruction Time Rules

As candidates for Oregon governor pledge extending the state's short school year, the State Board of Education approved exemptions for certain high schoolers from existing time requirements.

News | local | Education

No News Isn't Great News: Oregon Test Scores Remain Mostly Flat In 2018

Reading scores went up slightly, and math went down a tad. But mostly, results were the same. And that's not good.

Sports | News | local | Education

Legendary OSU Baseball Coach Pat Casey Announces Reluctant Retirement

Legendary Oregon State University baseball coach Pat Casey announced his retirement Thursday, in an emotional press conference.

News | local | Education

North Clackamas School District Sends Levy To Voters

The North Clackamas School District will ask voters to hike their property taxes this fall, in part to offset the rising costs of employee pensions.

Health | Nation | local | Education | News | Recreation | NW Life

Class Of 2025: An Oregon School Getting To PE Ahead Of Time

Oregon legislators passed new PE time requirements back in 2007, when the Class Of 2025 were babies. Many schools still haven't reached the goal. But Logan's has.

News | local | Education

Security Measures, Dyslexia Screening Change As Oregon Schools Open

Changes await Oregon students returning to school: from security fencing to screening for dyslexia.

local | Education | Environment | News | Air

PPS Clears The Air For New Middle School At Harriet Tubman Building

As Portland school officials toured Harriet Tubman Middle School, they marveled at the new science labs, a dance studio and the air handler.

News | local | Education

PPS Bond Overrun Shrinks, But Proposed Solution Relies On Voters

The enormous funding gap for the state’s largest school bond may have a fix, judging by updates and discussions at the Portland Public Schools board meeting Tuesday.

News | local | Education

Class Of 2025: Advancing From Elementary To Middle School

Last June, Ava and Munira finished elementary school. They start middle school next week. They’re part of the Class of 2025 – a key cohort in Oregon's rising expectations for public schools.