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 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Posted Dec. 18, 2018

Trump and DeVos Should Know What It Means for Our Students of Color When They Remove Discipline Guidance

The 2014 federal school discipline guidance—which the Federal School Safety Commission today said should be scrapped—isn’t just about policy and data, it’s about Gee. This…

By Estella Owoimaha-Church

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Posted Dec. 13, 2018

DeVos Will Recommend the Removal of Civil Rights Protections for Students of Color

Any day now we’re going to hear the news that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration are removing guidance meant to reduce…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Dec. 13, 2018

Stop Trying to ‘All Lives Matter’ the Black Struggle for Educational Justice

Outrage: White People Won’t Be Satisfied Until We Make Our Struggle About Them I get tired of people trying to “All Lives Matter” my advocacy—especially White…

By Tanesha Peeples

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