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    Washington (CNN)Secretary of Education nominee Miguel Cardona told senators Wednesday that if confirmed, he will do everything in his power to reopen schools safely and called for prioritizing educators for the vaccine and increasing Covid testing at schools. Bidens First 100 Days Biden administration announces direct vaccine shipments to pharmacies Biden administration designates Myanmar military takeover as a coup Senate confirms Alejandro Mayorkas to lead Homeland Security and Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary "There is no substitute for a classroom experience for our students, being in front of their teacher," Cardona, Connecticut's education commissioner, said at his confirmation hearing. "So we have to do everything we can to safely reopen schools in a manner that gets the students back into their learning environment," he added. Cardona, whose family is from Puerto Rico, enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of Connecticut's public education system. He began his career as...
    Washington outsider Miguel Cardona, President Biden's nominee to lead the Education Department faced tough questions at his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, on political hot-button issues like student loan forgiveness, transgender participation in women's sports and most pressing: how to make good on Mr. Biden's promise to reopen schools within 100 days of his inauguration. If confirmed, the Connecticut education commissioner will inherit an educational crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. "We're here today in the midst of one of the most challenging school years in American history," Cardona said Wednesday in his opening statement. "For far too many of our students, this year has piled on crisis after crisis." He did not offer many specific ideas about how to return children to school but did say that educators should be prioritized for vaccine distribution. Little was known about Cardona's views on major education policy issues, since the former...
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden's nominee for education secretary is promising to help reopen schools but says much of the hardest work will come after that as schools try to address long-standing disparities worsened by the pandemic."These inequities will endure, and prevent the potential of this great country, unless tackled head-on," Miguel Cardona said in testimony prepared for a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing Wednesday. "And so it is our responsibility, and it would be my greatest privilege, if confirmed, to forge opportunity out of this crisis."Cardona, 45, became Connecticut's state education chief in 2019 after spending years as a teacher and administrator in the public school district in Meriden, Connecticut, which he also attended as a child. If confirmed, he is expected to play a pivotal role in supporting schools as they recover from a crisis that has laid bare many of their shortcomings.In his testimony,...
    Washington outsider Miguel Cardona, President Biden's nominee to lead the Education Department is likely to face tough questions at his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, on political hot-button issues like school choice, student loan forgiveness, and most pressing: how to make good on Mr. Biden's promise to reopen schools within 100 days of his inauguration. If confirmed, the Connecticut education commissioner will inherit an educational crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Little is known about Cardona's view on major education policy issues, since the former public school teacher only entered the national public eye in December when Biden announced his nomination to lead the Education Department. Cardona, who began his career as a fourth-grade teacher, quickly rose through the administrative ranks. In August 2019, he was appointed to lead Connecticut's Education Department, becoming the first Latino to hold the position.How to watch Education Secretary nominee Miguel Cardona's confirmation hearing...
    Washington outsider Miguel Cardona, President Biden's nominee to lead the Education Department is likely to face tough questions at his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, on political hot-button issues like school choice, student loan forgiveness, and most pressing: how to make good on Mr. Biden's promise to reopen schools within 100 days of his inauguration. If confirmed, the Connecticut education commissioner will inherit an educational crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Little is known about Cardona's view on major education policy issues, since the former public school teacher only entered the national public eye in December when Biden announced his nomination to lead the Education Department. Cardona, who began his career as a fourth-grade teacher, quickly rose through the administrative ranks. In August 2019, he was appointed to lead Connecticut's Education Department, becoming the first Latino to hold the position. In that role, Cardona spent much of his time...
    When Miguel Cardona appears Wednesday for his confirmation hearing to become education secretary, he'll do so with the country's public school system in tumult. Half of children have been locked out of classrooms since last March due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, divisions are deepening between city and teachers union officials over how and when to reopen for in-person learning, and increasingly skeptical parents are watching as their children fall behind academically, socially and emotionally. [ READ: The Education Secretary’s To-Do List ]If that weren't enough, Cardona is set to step into the role of the nation's top education official at a time when the coronavirus is surging and new, more contagious variants are re-shuttering schools across Europe, a bungled vaccine rollout is delaying distribution to school staff and prospects in Congress for a major new round of federal relief for schools are uncertain. "The secretary will be, as he well...
    Miguel Cardona, President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Department of Education, said he would support student loan forgiveness if confirmed, but gave little indication of what student debt relief might look like in practice. In a Monday interview with Connecticut Public Radio, Cardona, who serves as Connecticut's education commissioner, said that despite his background in K-12 schools, tackling student debt would be a "would be a priority for me, it would be an area of focus that early on we'd have to really make sure we're coming up with clear support plans and strategies." Last year federal student loan debt reached an all-time high, nearing $1.6 trillion among more than 40 million Americans, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. On average, student loan borrowers owe between $200 and $299 every month, an amount that for many is simply untenable; about 1 in every 5 borrowers is...
    President Biden has tapped Miguel Cardona to lead the Education Department, and he'll soon have the chance to make his case for the job before the Senate during a confirmation hearing.  If confirmed, Cardona will step into the hot seat after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who was the bitter target of Democratic scorn for her changes to Title IX, her support of school choice and charter programs, and for changes to Obama-era student loan borrowing policies. Here's everything to know about Cardona, 45, Connecticut's education commissioner: He was an ESL learner in Connecticut public schools  Cardona grew up in Meridien, Connecticut, speaking Spanish from birth with his Puerto Rican parents. He struggled to learn English in kindergarten. Supporters have said he "understands the challenges" of English second language learners in schools. He was raised in a housing project in Meridien and graduated from a technical high school as part of the...
    Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., took a parting shot at Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in a tweet Sunday. "Goodbye and good riddance, @BetsyDeVosED," Omar wrote. "Can't wait to see our schools flourish under an Education Secretary who cares more about thriving students than a thriving bank account." DeVos, a proponent of charter schools and school choice, will be leaving office with the rest of the Trump administration on Jan. 20. This month, DeVos was recorded pressing career department staff involved in transitioning to the Biden administration to "be the resistance" against not doing what's right for students. Omar was praising President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for education secretary, Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona. BIDEN'S PICK FOR EDUCATION SECRETARY IS A MAJOR PROPONENT OF REOPENING SCHOOLS AMID CORONAVIRUS Cardona has come under his own scrutiny after the announcement from Biden. He promoted resources on microaggressions as he took action to help parents and...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — President-elect Joe Biden has chosen an educator from Connecticut to serve in his cabinet as secretary of education. Ten years ago, Miguel Cardona was a grade school principal at a school with 450 students in Meriden, near New Haven. It is expected that soon the 45-year-old will oversee 57 million students across the U.S., CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Wednesday. CBS News: Biden Introduces Miguel Cardona As Pick To Lead Education Department With only 16 months under his belt as Connecticut’s education commissioner, Dr. Cardona has been asked to become the top educator in the country. “Because of him, Connecticut became the first state in the nation to ensure that every single public school student was equipped to engage in remote learning,” Biden said. MORE: Biden Taps Connecticut Schools Chief Miguel Cardona As Secretary Of Education Cardona’s first job will be to lead America’s schools into a post-coronavirus...
    More On: education Team Biden’s backward hostility to charter schools De Blasio degrades school standards Schools waive requirements for teachers to fill pandemic-induced shortage Indoctrinating an entire school system in PC racism Miguel Cardona, President-elect Biden’s education secretary nominee, recently oversaw the creation of soon-to-be mandated critical race theory courses for high schoolers in Connecticut. Cardona, in his capacity as education commissioner, made Connecticut the first state in the nation to require all high schools to offer courses on African American, Black, Puerto Rican and Latino studies. The requirement was implemented by the state’s Board of Education earlier this month under Cardona and Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont. Listed under the courses’ learning objectives, the curricula states the goal is to “Analyze how race, power, and privilege influence group access to citizenship, civil rights, and economic power.” According to the Connecticut Mirror, the board is hoping that with enough...
    President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his pick for education secretary Wednesday - the current Connecticut education commissioner, Miguel Cardona.   With the addition of Cardona, whose parents moved to Connecticut from Puerto Rico, Biden continues to make good on his diversity pledge.    'Already there are more people of color in this cabinet than in the history of the United States,' Biden said at the Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware. 'There are more women than ever. The first openly gay Cabinet member. It’s a Cabinet that looks like America. That taps into the best of America.'  President-elect Joe Biden introduced Connecticut's education commissioner, Miguel Cardona, as his secretary of education pick during a brief appearance Wednesday in Wilmington. Cardona, who's Latino, adds more diversity to Biden's cabinet  President-elect Joe Biden (center) announced his education secretary Miguel Cardona (right) on Wednesday at the Queen theater in Wilmington alongside Vice President-elect Kamala Harris...
    More On: joe biden GOP senators try to block Biden from re-entering Paris, Iran deals Twitter to reset WH account followers to zero when Biden takes office Team Biden’s backward hostility to charter schools Biden finally praises Operation Warp Speed President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday formally announced Miguel Cardona as his nominee for education secretary. Cardona, 45, is currently Connecticut’s education commissioner. He was born in the state to Puerto Rican parents. The nominee, speaking at a press conference in Wilmington, Del., said it would be his priority to help address educational gaps resulting from school closings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cardona called the pandemic “stolen time from our children, who have lost something sacred and irreplaceable this year.” He said, “we will carry its impacts for years to come.” “It’s taken some of our most painful longstanding disparities and wrenched them open even wider,” he said. Biden, who...
    WILMINGTON, Del. -- President-elect Joe Biden is set to introduce Miguel Cardona as his pick for education secretary on Wednesday, choosing Connecticut's education chief and a lifelong champion of public schools to lead the department.The selection delivers on Biden's promise to nominate someone with experience working in public education and would fulfill his goal of installing an education chief who stands in sharp contrast to Secretary Betsy DeVos.Unlike DeVos, a school choice advocate whom Biden says is an opponent of public schools, Cardona is a product of them, starting when he entered kindergarten unable to speak English.Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will hold an event with Cardona in Wilmington, Delaware, where he's expected to speak about his background and hopes for the department.SEE ALSO: Timeline of what happens between now and Inauguration Day 2021 EMBED More News Videos While Joe Biden is considered president-elect, there are still quite a...
    WILMINGTON, Del. -- President-elect Joe Biden is set to introduce Miguel Cardona as his pick for education secretary on Wednesday, choosing Connecticut's education chief and a lifelong champion of public schools to lead the department.The selection delivers on Biden's promise to nominate someone with experience working in public education and would fulfill his goal of installing an education chief who stands in sharp contrast to Secretary Betsy DeVos.Unlike DeVos, a school choice advocate whom Biden says is an opponent of public schools, Cardona is a product of them, starting when he entered kindergarten unable to speak English.Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will hold an event with Cardona in Wilmington, Delaware, where he's expected to speak about his background and hopes for the department.SEE ALSO: Timeline of what happens between now and Inauguration Day 2021 EMBED More News Videos While Joe Biden is considered president-elect, there are still quite a...
    WILMINGTON, Del. -- President-elect Joe Biden is set to introduce Miguel Cardona as his pick for education secretary on Wednesday, choosing Connecticut's education chief and a lifelong champion of public schools to lead the department.The selection delivers on Biden's promise to nominate someone with experience working in public education and would fulfill his goal of installing an education chief who stands in sharp contrast to Secretary Betsy DeVos.Unlike DeVos, a school choice advocate whom Biden says is an opponent of public schools, Cardona is a product of them, starting when he entered kindergarten unable to speak English.Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will hold an event with Cardona in Wilmington, Delaware, where he's expected to speak about his background and hopes for the department.SEE ALSO: Timeline of what happens between now and Inauguration Day 2021 EMBED More News Videos While Joe Biden is considered president-elect, there are still quite a...
    WILMINGTON, Del. -- President-elect Joe Biden is set to introduce Miguel Cardona as his pick for education secretary on Wednesday, choosing Connecticut's education chief and a lifelong champion of public schools to lead the department.The selection delivers on Biden's promise to nominate someone with experience working in public education and would fulfill his goal of installing an education chief who stands in sharp contrast to Secretary Betsy DeVos.Unlike DeVos, a school choice advocate whom Biden says is an opponent of public schools, Cardona is a product of them, starting when he entered kindergarten unable to speak English.Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will hold an event with Cardona in Wilmington, Delaware, where he's expected to speak about his background and hopes for the department.SEE ALSO: Timeline of what happens between now and Inauguration Day 2021 EMBED More News Videos While Joe Biden is considered president-elect, there are still quite a...
    Loading the player... President-elect Joe Biden has chosen former Connecticut Commissioner of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona to serve as America’s next secretary of education. Cardona, 45, Connecticut’s first Latino education commissioner, will have to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate after Biden’s inauguration in late January. President-elect Joe Biden speaks Tuesday ahead of the Christmas holiday at the Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images) Biden’s choice of Cardona to head the Department of Education will fulfill a campaign promise he made to appoint someone who had experience in the public school system. Someone with Cardona’s track record — project-raised, previously a public school teacher and principal — is a complete deviation from current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a rich proponent of private and charter campuses. According to NBC Connecticut, Cardona became the youngest principal in the Connecticut at 28 before he worked his way up...
    Washington — President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday will formally introduce Miguel Cardona, the Connecticut commissioner of education, as his nominee to lead the Department of Education. The president-elect revealed Tuesday he tapped Cardona to serve as his secretary of education, praising him as an "experienced and dedicated public school teacher" who will ensure "every student is equipped to thrive in the economy of the future," that educators have the resources they need to do their jobs and that schools can reopen safely during the coronavirus pandemic.How to watch President-elect Joe Biden introduce his nominee for education secretary What: President-elect Joe Biden announces Miguel Cardona as his nominee for secretary of education When: Wednesday, December 23 Time: 11:15 a.m. ET Location: Wilmington, Delaware Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above or on your mobile or streaming device Mr. Biden vowed to select an education...
            by Thomas Catenacci  President-elect Joe Biden is poised to select Miguel Cardona, the current Connecticut education commissioner, to lead the Department of Education in his administration, CNN reported. Miguel Cardona, who has served as head of the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) since August 2019, will be President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to lead the federal government’s education department, multiple sources told CNN. Cardona would be the latest Latino to receive a high-ranking position in the incoming Biden administration. “My friend Miguel Cardona is everything you would want in a Secretary of Education,” Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy tweeted Monday night. “A classroom teacher, a fighter for educational equity, a consensus builder. He has risen quickly through the ranks for a reason.” Cardona began his career in education as a public school teacher in Meriden, Connecticut before he served as a school principal, according to his official bio. After...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCongress passes .3T coronavirus relief, government funding deal House conservatives huddle at White House to plan challenging election results House passes massive spending deal, teeing up Senate vote MORE on Tuesday formally announced Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona as his nominee to head the U.S. Department of Education. Cardona, who is the first Latino education commissioner in Connecticut, has worked as an elementary school teacher, principal and assistant superintendent, fulfilling Biden’s promise to tap someone with experience in public education. His nomination also adds to the diversity the president-elect vowed to have in his administration, being the third Latino Cabinet nominee.  “In Miguel Cardona, America will have an experienced and dedicated public school teacher leading the way at the Department of Education — ensuring that every student is equipped to thrive in the economy of the future, that every educator has the resources they need to do...
    (CNN)Joe Biden's transition team late Tuesday announced Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona as the President-elect's nominee for education secretary. If confirmed by the Senate, Cardona would play a key role in reopening schools across the country that have been forced online amid the coronavirus pandemic. CNN was first to report that Cardona would be nominated for the role. "In Miguel Cardona, America will have an experienced and dedicated public school teacher leading the way at the Department of Education -- ensuring that every student is equipped to thrive in the economy of the future, that every educator has the resources they need to do their jobs with dignity and success, and that every school is on track to reopen safely," Biden said Tuesday night in a statement. The President-elect continued, "He will help us address systemic inequities, tackle the mental health crisis in our education system, give educators a well-deserved...
    Miguel Cardona President-elect Joe Biden is nominating Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona to be his education secretary. Cardona is a former teacher and school principal, meeting Biden’s pledge to pick an educator for the role—unlike Donald Trump’s choice of Betsy DeVos. In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Cardona made it a priority to get kids across the state access to laptops and the internet. More recently, he has pressed for in-person education, citing concerns about educational inequities with remote learning. That concern is in line with his longstanding focus on English language learners and racial achievement gaps. In a 2019 interview, Cardona cited his own experience as a child who arrived in kindergarten having spoken only Spanish at home. He also opposed tying teacher performance evaluations to test scores, saying “Not reducing a teacher to a test score and bringing the voices of teachers and leaders into the process of...
    Reuters December 22, 2020 0 Comments Joe Biden was set to name Connecticut’s Commissioner of Education, Miguel Cardona, as his pick for U.S. Secretary of Education, as the president-elect finalizes the process of selecting a new Cabinet ahead of taking office on Jan. 20. A source with Biden’s transition team said Biden would nominate Cardona, a veteran teacher and school administrator, a choice that would align with a pledge Biden made during his presidential campaign to appoint a teacher as Education secretary. Cardona would also be another Latino addition to Biden’s top team, after Latino advocacy groups urged the former vice president to appoint Hispanic Americans to senior roles. A transition spokesman told Reuters he could not confirm the appointment. Biden was set to give an address near his home in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the Christmas holiday period. Public health experts are advising Americans to...
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    HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Miguel Cardona, the education commissioner for Connecticut and a former public school teacher, to serve as education secretary. Cardona was appointed to the top education post in Connecticut just months before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in March. When schools moved to remote learning, he hurried to deliver more than 100,000 laptops to students across the state. Since then, however, he has increasingly pressed schools to reopen, saying it’s harmful to keep students at home. MORE: Connecticut Becomes First State In Nation To Require High School Courses On African-American, Black, Puerto Rican, And Latino Studies If confirmed, his first task will be to expand that effort across the nation. Biden has pledged to have a majority of U.S. schools reopened by the end of his first 100 days in office. Biden is promising new federal guidelines on school opening decisions, and a...
    Washington — President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Miguel Cardona for education secretary, multiple sources familiar with the decision confirm to CBS News. By choosing Cardona, currently the education commissioner in Connecticut, Mr. Biden will fulfill his promise to tap an education secretary with public school experience, in sharp contrast to current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. If confirmed by the Senate, Cardona will have the daunting task of overseeing K-12 and higher education systems' return to ordinary functioning in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. As education commissioner in Connecticut, Cardona has supervised public schools as they implement effective virtual learning. Earlier this month, Connecticut became the first state to purchase 141,000 laptops for students to provide access to virtual schooling for students in need. Mr. Biden has pushed for schools to reopen within his first 100 days in office. Cardona was appointed education commissioner by Connecticut Governor Ned...
    (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden is set to name Connecticut's Commissioner of Education Miguel Cardona as his pick for U.S. Secretary of Education, according to a transition team source. Cardona, a veteran teacher and school administrator, would be another Latino addition to Biden's Cabinet. Biden's transiton team did not immediately respond to requests for comment. (Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw and Simon Lewis; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, Connecticut, education
    President-elect Joe Biden is poised to nominate Miguel Cardona, the education chief of Connecticut, as Education Secretary, according to sources familiar with the vetting process. The pick comes after weeks of indecision and hand wringing trying to find someone with enough experience to get the country's public school system up and running during a pandemic and also someone who's managed to side-step the divisive education wars of the last decade. [ SEE: Political Cartoons on Joe Biden ]Biden has landed on Cardona, who has maintained a low-profile on the national education scene, focusing his work solely on Connecticut and his hometown of Meridien, where he grew up, attended public schools and public colleges and now lives with his wife and their two children. Cardona's nomination is also an important nod to the Hispanic voters, who supported Biden in massive numbers, but had been getting little attention in the hunt for...
    President-elect Joe Biden is poised to tap up Miguel Cardona, Connecticut's state's top education official, as his choice to head the Department of Education, according to multiple reports. Cardona, who was named Connecticut’s top schools official last August and the state’s youngest principal at age 28, would have a number of issues thrown his way from step one, mainly getting children back into the classroom. Biden has warned that distance learning could result in "an entire generation is going to lose a year, a year and a half of in terms of their learning ability," and that he wants students back in the classroom within his first 100 days. Cardona has been supportive of getting children back into classrooms, arguing that online learning was contributing to students falling behind, according to CNN. He was born in Connecticut to Puerto Rican parents and he grew up in public housing. He...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden is poised to nominate Connecticut education commissioner Miguel Cardona as his education secretary, two people familiar with the matter say, a decision that could be one of the final Cabinet selections before Christmas. Biden has set a goal of reopening most schools within the first 100 days of taking office, a position that has touched off controversy with some teachers' unions. Cardona has been a leading proponent of sending children back to school, saying too many students are falling behind during virtual learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.Cardona, whose parents moved from Puerto Rico to Connecticut, would be another high-profile Latino in the Cabinet if confirmed by the US Senate. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has urged Biden to select Cardona. A formal announcement could come as early as Wednesday.This story is breaking and will be updated.
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