Kayla Patrick

Guest Blogger

Education Policy Researcher

New York City, New York

Kayla Patrick is an education policy researcher with a deep interest in using data-based analysis to inform U.S. education policy and practices, especially to improve the lives of underserved children of color. Her expertise includes school discipline policies, cultural competency, school choice, class size reduction, teacher training and early childhood education.

Kayla received her bachelor of arts degree in political science from Wellesley College and her master of arts in education policy from Teachers College at Columbia University.

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Posted May 9, 2017

Stop Pushing Girls Out of the Classroom and Just ‘Let Her Learn’

Every day girls are being pushed out of the classroom. Some of them are unseen. Many of them are unheard.…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted Feb. 16, 2017

#MyBlackHistory Has Been and Still Is Fighting for the Right to Learn

Black children deserve the opportunity to learn and exist, and it is our responsibility to make sure that they have that opportunity. We need to go out of our way to send the message that we care, support them and their education.…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted Nov. 22, 2016

Are We Finally Putting an End to Corporal Punishment? It’s About Time.

This morning the Obama administration has called for an end to the use of corporal punishment, with Education Secretary John…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted June 21, 2016

The New Civil Rights Data Is Depressing. We Must Do Better.

The Civil Rights Data Collection recently released data collected from nearly 100,000 public schools and it’s troubling. Black and Latino…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted May 17, 2016

On the Anniversary of Brown v. Board, We Still Have Work to Do

During a recent panel on the state of education for Black students, an interviewer asked, “What can we do to…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted Apr. 12, 2016

We’re Putting Security Officers Where We Should Be Putting School Counselors

Last week another video emerged of a 12-year-old girl being slammed against the pavement and again the first question asked…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted Mar. 31, 2016

Enough About the Boys, Our Girls Aren’t Reaching Their Full Potential

The focus on the many struggles boys face in school often leaves girls out of the conversation. While many assume…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted Mar. 23, 2016

The College Debt Crisis Is Real, But Let’s First Talk About Getting Our Kids to College and Graduating

This election season, discussions on education policy have been scarce, with issues in k-12 education almost non-existent. Republican candidates have…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted Feb. 23, 2016

Why Are Children’s Books So White? 3 Ways to Better Serve Black Students in the Classroom

One of the most memorable books I read as a child was Velma Maia Thomas’s “Lest We Forget: The Passage…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted Nov. 25, 2015

What Proposed Changes to ESEA Mean for Students of Color

“There’s no use in passing a federal education bill if it’s not a civil rights bill.” —Sen. Chris Murphy Many…

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Posted Apr. 23, 2018

Why Is Oklahoma City Blocking This School for Native American Kids?

Having grown up on a reservation in Reno, Nevada, Phil Gover of Oklahoma is committed to improving education for Native American students. In the summer…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Apr. 20, 2018

Everyone Keeps Talking About Implicit Racial Bias But What Is It?

Over the last few days, I’ve been tackling implicit bias with my eighth-graders. I mean, if Starbucks can shut down for a day to learn…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Apr. 24, 2018

Why Are White People So Afraid of Immigrant Kids?

Not long ago I was in Wilmington, Delaware—reporting another story—and I visited Academia Antonia Alonso, a two-way dual immersion charter school where over half the…

By Conor P. Williams

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