During "live" meetings with Pat, he has disclosed he looks at everything through the lens of Critical Race Theory. Yes, you read that right.
Pat is notorious for making big claims without supporting evidence. In the rare times he does provide evidence, he lets confirmation bias get in the way as he cherry picks a single fact or figure.
Here is one example we received of an email exchange with a community member. Pat cited disciplinary differences between White and Black students as evidence for systemic racism and that this CRT-led approach will address everything. When asked he could not provide the root cause for these differences, nor could he provide evidence to support his approach.
Ibram X. Kendi's "How to be an Antiracist" is one of several books that Pat has proudly read and acknowledges has had significant influence in how he thinks and how he envisions the future of education.
Not only does Pat see the need to indoctrinate all educators & students in Anti-racism/Social Justice (aka applied Critical Race Theory), he sees it as their duty as a public school system to indoctrinate parents and the entire community.
To support this he cited how public schools have extended their charters to provide food and clothes to needy families. We're not sure indoctrinating the entire society in their CRT-based faith is the same as giving kids some food and clothes to take home to their family.
This is Pat McCreery doing his own version of Rahm Emanuel's "Never let a crisis go to waste."
This school district has yet to provide any evidence of structures or practices that inhibit equity, yet Pat knows they exist and wants to hold our children back from returning to school until his "re-visioning and transformation" has begun.
Here we see the origin of the "no opt-out in this work" that later got Don Grotting and Katherine Watkins in a lot of hot water when they made those threats to BSD staff in January and February respectively.
Back in November 2020, Pat reaches out to Mike (BSD's Chief Financial Officer) about legal and ethical issues with CEI.
They knew at this point they were not following the procurement policy & Oregon laws, so they were scrambling to try and make it look like they were.
Pat is very open to meet, but that doesn't mean he is really listening.
It's clear he believes the feedback against his CRT-faith is "noise" and is further proof that they should continue with this approach.
After speaking with one of allies, Pat pointed out to Don that they should consider additional, outside legal counsel for help. Keep in mind that BSD already employs their own internal legal counsel.
This is another example of BSD playing the victim when their radical faith in CRT and the hurtful approach they use is exposed.
Tax dollars well spent? No.