Kayla Patrick

Guest Blogger

Education Policy Researcher

New York City, New York

Kayla Patrick is a senior education policy analyst 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 and college and career readiness.

Kayla worked at the National Women’s Law Center, where she conducted research and data analysis on critical issues that impact women and girls. While there, she led a team to produce a well-publicized report, Let Her Learn: Stopping School Pushout for Girls. She also co-authored a report with 20 Black girls in Washington D.C. titled “Dress Coded,” which highlighted the harmful effects of dress codes on girls’ education. This work was recently cited in the education platform of 2020 presidential candidate, Senator Elizabeth Warren and will soon be featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s exhibit on girlhood.

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

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Posted July 8, 2020

Black Girls Need Police-Free Schools

We are at a precipice. Advocates and school leaders in nearly 100 districts all over the country have called for…

By Nia Evans, Kayla Patrick

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Posted Feb. 5, 2020

Black and Latino Students Are Locked Out of Advanced Classes While White Students Reap the Benefits

In schools across America, Black and Latino students are being pushed into less advanced courses, while their White peers reap…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted June 14, 2018

We Need to Stop Pulling Black Girls Out of Schools for Dress Code Violations

Dress code enforcement is as American as apple pie. Most of us have had some experience with dress codes, either…

By Kayla Patrick

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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 Sep. 24, 2020

Breonna Taylor Didn’t Get Justice, But It’s Not Too Late to Save Our Kids From a Country Set Out to Kill Them

Before we even get started, I just wanna say that the Grand Jury ruling Breonna Taylor’s killing justified is bullshit.  Now that I’ve gotten that…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 24, 2020

Dear Black Students, Your Freedom Will Not Come From What You Learn in School

The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. Audre Lorde Dear Black Students:  I understand how frustrating it must be to see all the…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Sep. 24, 2020

After a Decade of Opposing Voucher Programs, I’m Wondering If I Was Wrong

I smiled at the two little girls seated across the table in the school board conference room but only six-year-old Kayla, wriggling in her pink…

By Laura Waters

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