Biden announces Connecticut Commissioner Cardona as a candidate for education

Elected president Joe BidenJoe BidenCongress Passes .3T Coronavirus Aid, Government Funding Deal House Conservatives Crawl Into White House To Schedule Challenging Election Results House Passes Massive Spending Deal, Making Senate More Vote Tuesday formally announced Miguel Cardona, Connecticut Education Commissioner, as his candidate to lead the United States Department of Education.

Cardona, the first Latino education commissioner in Connecticut, has worked as an elementary school teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent, fulfilling Biden’s promise to address someone with experience in public education. His nomination also adds to the diversity that the president-elect promised to have in his administration, as he was the third Latino cabinet nominee.

“In Miguel Cardona, America will have an experienced and dedicated public school teacher who will lead the Department of Education – ensuring that every student is equipped to thrive in the economics of the future, that every teacher has the resources they need has to do its job. jobs with dignity and success, and that every school is on track to reopen safely, ”Biden said in a statement.

“As a lifelong advocate for public education, he understands that our children are the kite strings that uphold our national aspirations – and that everything that will be possible for our country tomorrow is due to the investments we make and the care our educators and schools are delivering today, ”he added.

Should he be confirmed by the Senate, Cardona will tackle Biden’s ambitious education plan to resume personal classroom learning during the first 100 days of his presidency, increase teacher pay, civil rights policies enacted under the Trump administration implemented and roll back other priorities.

“It will help us address systemic inequalities, address the mental health crisis in our education system, give teachers a well-deserved pay rise, ease the burden of education debt, and ensure a high-quality, universal pre-K for every three and 4. years old in the country, ”Biden said.

Cardona’s appointment follows a lobbying campaign by members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus who wrote about Biden’s transition this week urging him to address the Connecticut official.

Cardona defeated teachers, union leaders, superintendents and other education officials for the role, which Biden targeted during the campaign trail. Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosEx teachers’ union leader seen as the lead candidate for Biden’s education secretary Dem Lawmaker says he owes his apology after calling DeVos “ dumb as a bag of hammers. ” emerged as a boogeyman for Biden during the White House race when he railed against her vocal support for private schools and attempts to undermine Title IX, the federal civil rights law that protects people from gender discrimination in education programs.

The nomination received applause from tutorial groups praising Cardona’s experience in public schools.

Miguel Cardona is not only a proud product of public schools – he has made strengthening public education and fighting for equality his life’s work. With his experience as a student, fourth-grade teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and commissioner in Connecticut, Dr. Cardona – a former AFT member – transforming the education department to help students thrive, a reversal of the DeVos disaster of the last four years, ”said American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president Randi Weingarten.