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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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PPS Anticipates Overcrowding But Holding Off On Assigning Teachers

Portland Public Schools set caps for elementary classrooms last spring. The district expects to go above them in eight schools — but isn't assigning more teachers to relieve the crowding.

News | Nation | local | Education

Oregon Schools Promised Support, Not Sanctions, Under State Guidance

Oregon will have an entirely different system for judging schools this fall, based on support, rather than penalties. 

News | Politics | local | Education

Hillsboro School District Settles Lawsuit Over T-Shirt Advocating Border Wall

Student Addison Barnes was removed from class and told he couldn't wear his "build the wall" shirt at school. Barnes has won a legal settlement and an apology from the Hillsboro School District. 

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NYC Schools Chancellor, Oregon Education Leaders On How To Improve Schools

A meeting that was part reunion, part education summit, brought together education leaders from New York and the Portland area.

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Oregon Decides To Keep High School State Tests

Oregon high schoolers will take state tests next year, reversing plans to shift to college board exams instead.

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Oregon School Principal Pushes Back After Demotion Over Anti-Gay Allegations

The former North Bend High School principal is disputing allegations against him, in a letter sent by his attorneys.

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ODE Chief Information Officer Resigns After Months On Forced Leave

Susie Strangfield alleged “intolerable working conditions” at the Oregon Department of Education after spending five months on leave and under investigation.

Sports | News | local

Blazers GM Blasts Lillard To Lakers Rumors

The Portland Trail Blazers introduced two new players Friday, but at the same time, the head of basketball operations had to tamp down rumors about the team's best player.

Environment | News | local | Education

Air Quality Report Says Portland Middle School Should 'Limit' Outdoor Activities

A report finds significant air quality problems at a middle school building slated to open this fall in North Portland.

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Buehler Proposes PERS Cuts To End Oregon's 'Classroom Funding Crisis'

“The vision is to lead Oregon schools from the bottom five in the nation to the top five in the nation in five years," Buehler said.

News | Nation | local | Education

Travel Ban Could Have Lasting Effect On Oregon Universities

More than 180 students at Oregon's three largest public universities are directly affected, and university officials are concerned about a chilling effect on future students.

News | local | Politics

Damascus Disincorporation Yields Millions In Property Tax Rebates

The Clackamas County city of Damascus is no more. And pretty soon, taxpayers in the former city will have the refunds to prove it.

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

Ready Or Not, Oregon's Class Of 2025 Heads To Middle School

Educators have largely stopped holding back students who are behind academically. For some in the Class of 2025, that means a harder transition to middle school. 

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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.

News | Nation | local | Education | Chemawa Indian School

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.