Reactions trail Biden’s introduction of Secretary of Education nominee Dr. Miguel Cardona

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Updated: March 7, 2021

U.S. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday introduced former public school teacher and experienced administrator Dr. Miguel Cardona as his nominee for Secretary of Education.

Biden said Dr. Cardona would be ready on day one to lead the his administration’s effort to invest in all students, support educators, and make reopening schools safely a national priority.

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Below are the reactions that have trailed Cardona’s introduction today.

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Jeff Zeleny, CNN: Miguel Cardona, whose parents are from Puerto Rico, he said he was a product of public schools, grew up in public housing in Connecticut… Fits the commitment and the pledge that President-elect Biden made to nominate a schoolteacher for this role. Of course  Jill Biden the future first lady is a community college educator, she is a teacher…Education very important to the Bidens. [12/23/20]

Education Week: Biden’s Pick for Ed. Secretary: U.S. Must Help Schools ‘Forge Opportunity Out of Crisis’ Cardona laid out a two-fold vision of helping schools, educators, and families rebound from the pandemic while also addressing long-standing concerns about equity and opportunity. [12/23/20]

Senator Patty Murray, Ranking Member, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee: And after four years of a Secretary of Education who had absolutely no experience in public education, I’m thrilled Dr. Cardona is a former elementary school teacher, professor, and principal…Given how critical this role is in helping students—from pre-k through college—recover from this crisis, I will do everything I can to make sure this qualified and experienced nominee receives a swift, and fair consideration. [Statement, 12/22/20]

Senator Michael Bennet: By nominating @teachcardona to be the Secretary of Education, President-elect Biden has made another solid choice. Miguel is an educator’s educator who will help us re-open schools safely and bring a commitment to students, teachers, and public schools back to the agency. [Tweet, 12/23/20]

Senator Gary Peters: Finally a Secretary of Education who has been an educator and worked in the public school system! Looking forward to hearing about Miguel Cardona’s plans to support our students & teachers— especially during this pandemic — and undo the damage done by Betsy DeVos. [Tweet, 12/23/20]

Representative Ben Ray LujánIncoming United States Senator: Students have been hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic. They need an experienced Secretary of Education committed to their success. @JoeBiden has made a strong and historic choice in Dr. Cardona, & I look forward to working with him to support students, families, and educators. [Tweet, 12/22/20]

Representative Bobby Scott, Chairman, House Committee on Education and Labor: I look forward to working with Dr. Cardona in our shared belief that high-quality, public education is invaluable to the success of individuals and our nation. I am fully confident in his ability to lead the Department in its mission of educational equity for all. [Statement, 12/22/20]

Representative Sylvia Garcia: Congratulations to @teachcardona! His story is that of the American Dream, and we are fortunate to have someone with his background lead our Department of Education. I look forward to seeing the great work he does in bridging the educational gaps we have in our communities. [Tweet, 12/23/20]

Representative Darren Sotto: Students, schools and educators have been hit hard by the #COVID19 pandemic. As Secretary of Education, @teachcardona will fight to advance equity, ensure every student succeeds and safely reopen our schools. Congratulations to my fellow Boricua! [Tweet, 12/23/20]

Representative Jahana Hayes: It is with great support and enthusiasm I extend my warmest congratulations to Commissioner Cardona. I am excited this vital role will be filled by a fellow educator from my home state.I am more than confident Commissioner Cardona will bring a distinctive ability to effectively address the current education challenges America’s students and teachers are facing. Commissioner Cardona has a full understanding of the need for full equity in education and his commitment to students and public education is a welcome shift, especially during these times. I look forward to continuing to work with Commissioner Cardona in our shared values to strengthen our nation’s education system.” [Tweet, 12/22/20]

Representative Jared Huffman: Excited that we will finally have a competent Secretary of Education. Dr. Miguel Cardona is exceedingly thoughtful, intelligent, and well-equipped for this role, and I am confident he will work to bolster high-quality education. [Tweet, 12/23/20]

Representative Jim McGovern: Instead of an out of touch billionaire megadonor, President-elect Biden picked a classroom teacher, a champion for children, and a fighter for educational equity to be our Secretary of Education. Dr. Miguel Cardona is a visionary and historic choice. [Tweet, 12/23/20]

Representative Donald Norcross: I congratulate Dr. Cardona on his nomination to be the next Secretary of Education. His experiences have prepared him to take on the challenges facing America’s students & teachers in the midst of this pandemic, & I look forward to working together. [Tweet, 12/23/20]

Representative Jimmy Panetta: Secretary-designate Dr. Miguel Cardona is a lifelong educator, who understands the challenges ESL students, like those across the central coast, face in school. I look forward to working with him to promote an education system that sets up our students for success. [Tweet, 12/23/20]

Amanda Blanco, Hartford Courant: At his introduction to the nation Wednesday, Miguel Cardona asked the country to “reimagine education” when he joins the administration of President-elect Joe Biden to oversee the nation’s public schools. [12/23/2020]

Jennifer Epstein, Bloomberg: Cardona has been active in fighting the “digital divide” that leaves millions of low-income students unable to keep up in virtual classrooms. Connecticut officials declared this month that the state was the first to get every child in the state a laptop and wireless Internet.[12/23/2020]

Juan Perez Jr., Politico: Cardona’s selection fulfills Biden’s campaign promise to name an educator with public school experience to replace Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, but his nomination also allows the incoming administration to highlight a fast-rising Latino education official who noted his public school education and birth at the Yale Acres public housing complex in Meriden, Conn. [12/23/20]

NPR: A ‘Real Easy’ Choice: Biden Introduces Education Pick Miguel Cardona On Wednesday, Biden reiterated his focus on getting schools open amid the pandemic and touted Cardona’s experience this fall balancing online learning and in-person learning in Connecticut, and getting students connected and outfitted with a device for learning. “That’s the vision, resolve and initiative, that’s all gonna help us contain this pandemic and reopen our schools safely,” Biden said. [12/23/20]

Dave Goldiner, New York Daily News: He grew up speaking Spanish in Connecticut public schools, rose to lead the state’s education department — and now has been picked to lead national education policy. [12/23/2020]

Natalia Abrams, Executive Director, Student Debt Crisis: The Betsy DeVos era at the Department of Education is over, and so are her attacks against students, parents, and student loan borrowers,” said Natalia Abrams, executive director of Student Debt Crisis. “The nomination of Miguel Cardona for Education Secretary brings the prospect of hope that existing student debt relief programs will be implemented as the law intended. [Forbes, 12/23/20]

American Association of State Colleges and Universities: President-elect Joe Biden introduced Miguel Cardona, a graduate of AASCU member @CCSU, as his pick for education secretary. [Tweet, 12/23/20]

Boston Teachers Union: Congratulations to Dr. Miguel Cardona @teachcardona on his nomination to the office of the Secretary of Education. We look forward to turning a new page with a Secretary that is both a product of and proponent of public schools. [Tweet, 12/23/20]

Climate Power: Finally, a Secretary of Education who believes in public education—and science. [Tweet, 12/23/20]

Kim Churches, CEO, American Association of University Women: In our almost 140-year history, AAUW has always fought for equity in education and for ensuring that publicly funded schools uphold civil rights laws and protections. We are committed to pushing for strong enforcement of Title IX and policies that will extend equity protections. Above all, AAUW is confident that, with the confirmation of Cardona, we will have an education secretary who is committed to putting the needs of all students first – as well as a fair-minded approach to helping our education system recover from the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. [Statement, 12/23/20]
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