FIRST ON FOX – A Biden Department of Education official has claimed that “school discipline” is part of a “racist system” and blamed it on so-called “white people” while working for a left-wing educational organization, Fox News Digital found out.
Kayla Patrick has been with the DOE’s Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development since February 2022, according to LinkedIn. In 2021, she said, “School discipline is a symptom of a racist and punitive system that often doesn’t see children as children.”
“Instead of helping students learn from their mistakes and grow from them, educators send them to the office or home, or sometimes even call the police. And black students are more likely to be offended and affected by it,” she said.
Patrick is another DOE official who hails from the “equity-driven” Education Trust, an organization funded by the Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
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Fox News Digital previously reported that Tiffany Taber, who works as a speechwriter for Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, posted a tweet defending the pro-Black Lives Matter unrest.
Patrick believes that justice can only be achieved by addressing “systemic causes.”
Justice is a key priority for the Biden administration. On Biden’s first day in office, the president signed an executive order to crack down on “systemic racism” and bring justice to all federal agencies. The DOE alone has spent hundreds of millions on stock-based programs and grants.
Patrick went on to refer to a concept steeped in critical race theory. Intersectionality was shaped by a critical race theorist named Kimberlé Crenshaw and believes that multiple systems of discrimination can overlap and create multiple levels of oppression for an individual or group.
Patrick said, “Honestly, black girls are more likely to be disciplined because black girls experience discrimination based on race and gender in classrooms and are often disciplined simply for being black.”
Patrick then provided an example of how black girls are discriminated against in K-12 education.
“In other settings, we would consider, for example, self-advocacy or assertiveness as leadership qualities. But when black girls do this in schools, they often get suspended for being loud, defiant, or contradictory,” she said.
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“These aren’t just consequences,” Patrick said of school discipline. “These are actions that keep too many black girls stuck in the pipeline from school to poverty. And it’s not just because black students inherently behave differently than white students. They absolutely don’t. This is happening because racism is burned into school discipline and dress codes.”
Patrick also blamed “whiteness,” a mindset she claims some white educators possess. “Whiteness” means the quality of being white in skin color.
“In this country almost 80% of the teachers are white. And sometimes their way of thinking is based solely on whiteness. This means that when they come to school, they have a biased mindset about who Black kids are, what to wear, and how to act. Instead of celebrating their identities and cultures, schools often embrace them,” she said.
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Fox News Digital reached out to the DOE for comment but did not immediately receive a response.
“If we reviewed school discipline policies to make sure they weren’t anti-racist or sexist, we could really serve the students better and make sure they could stay in the classrooms,” she said.