Thursday, March 16, 2017

Big Shout-Out to Brian Rosenthal

Well, I feel just like a mother hen.

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The New York Times is reporting on the hires of three new reporters and one of them is former Seattle Times education reporter, Brian Rosenthal.

I have been thru so many people who were ed reporters for the Times (and still keep in touch with some of them).  I was always trying to help them get up to speed on the ever-changing landscape at JSCEE. But I knew Brian was extra-special.  He just had that tenacity.

He left the Times to go to the Houston Chronicle where he wrote a multi-part expose on how the state of Texas underserves its Special Education students called Denied.  From the Times' press release:
A seven-part series he did in 2016 about how thousands of special-needs children received no special care because Texas officials had created an arbitrary cap on slots has so far won The Selden Ring Award, a Polk Award and the Scripps Howard Award for Public Service. The cap — which was not based on any research and was not publicly discussed or announced — denied services like tutoring, counseling and therapy to tens of thousands of children with autism, ADHD, epilepsy, dyslexia, physical impairments, speech impediments, mental illnesses, brain injuries and even blindness and deafness.

Awards are nice, but that’s not why we’re in this business. Brian’s series prompted the state to end the cap; the U.S. Department of Education is investigating; and lawmakers have introduced 14 different pieces of legislation. Because of him, and well into the future, untold thousands of Texas children will get the help they need.
And now the Times has hired him and it was smart of them to recognize his talent.

We need great reporters like Brian more than ever today.


Anonymous said...

Oh Yeah... Brian was special.

He reported rather than selling the party line.

Very unusual tactic.

This required him to find the facts. The Times rarely takes the time for when it comes to education, no time to do anything other than sell the party line.

-- Dan Dempsey

Anonymous said...

But...But...I thought Brian #persecuted# the SPS. He hurt the feelings of good special education and district administrators. SPS should probably write to the New York Times and warn them of their hiring mistake.


z said...

Great news. I spoke with Brian a few times when he was here in Seattle, and he always seemed like the Real Deal. Ready to dig in, praise, expose, whatever was the right thing to do at the time. Just what real journalists are supposed to do, kind of old school. I wish we had more of it these days, but it seems to be a dying art.

Anonymous said...

??? He didn't need to go all the way to Houston to write about a dysfunctional public schools system's special educational program. FCOL he was here at the mother ship.

It took dedicated parents to expose the SPED issues at SPS, it wasn't a reporter.


Watching said...

Both Brian Rosenthal and Kyle Stokes are excellent reporters. Both are missed.

Erik Tanen said...

In all the times I dealt with Brian he was smart, professional and fair. The NYT is lucky to have him.