Kayla Patrick

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 in school or the workplace.…

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. And too often they are…

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 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 students are more likely to…

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 get more of the Black…

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 was, “What did this girl…

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 that girls are doing fine…

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 focused their education talking points…

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 from Africa to Slavery and…

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 of us can agree that…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted Dec. 10, 2019

Democrats Are Finally Talking Public Education, But You Probably Won’t Be Invited to the Table

I couldn’t believe it. Finally, education was going to take center stage at the 2020 Public Education Forum. All the major Democratic candidates (and some…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 11, 2019

Black Kids Don’t Need to Sit Next to White Kids to Learn

Over the last decade, and indeed for longer than that, those fighting for justice, many of them White, have largely looked to integration as the…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 12, 2019

Black Families Haven’t Been Hoodwinked, We Come From a Legacy of School Choice

The Democratic party once embraced charter schools as a tool for equity and opportunity. Now, as Andre Perry points out in his recent op-ed, “Support…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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