President Joe Biden has nominated Miguel Cardona, the pinnacle of Connecticut’s public faculty system, to be secretary of the Department of Education. He was nominated on December 22, 2020, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted to advance Cardona’s nomination on February 11, 2021 for a vote by the complete Senate.
As schooling secretary, Cardona might be a member of Biden’s cupboard and can oversee the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). The DOE’s aim is to advance instructional excellence throughout the nation and to make sure equal entry. Among different initiatives, the work of the $68 billion-budget division contains implementing insurance policies for federal monetary support, in addition to accumulating and disseminating information on America’s faculties, prohibiting discrimination, and making certain equal entry to schooling.
Cardona, a local of Connecticut, has most just lately served because the state’s commissioner of schooling. In that place, which he has held since August 2019, Cardona has argued for the reopening of colleges throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with the intention to forestall fairness gaps from rising wider.
Cardona has loved bipartisan help for the place of prime schooling official within the U.S. His objectives for the DOE beneath his management embrace reopening faculties, eradicating silos in schooling, and selling faculty accessibility to each scholar.
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Prior to his service as Connecticut’s schooling commissioner, Cardona spent twenty years as a public faculty trainer and administrator. He started as an elementary faculty trainer and was later principal and assistant superintendent in his dwelling state. He has additionally been co-chairperson of the Connecticut Legislative Achievement Gap Task Force, and has been an adjunct professor on the University of Connecticut.
Cardona holds a bachelors diploma in schooling from Central Connecticut State University and masters and doctoral levels from the University of Connecticut.