Washington Post Editorial Board: Miguel Cardona is an inspired choice to lead U.S. schools Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 28, 2021

The Washington Post Tuesday penned an editorial piece in support of President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona.

“Mr. Cardona, whose stirring life story, educational experience and priorities make him an inspired choice to lead the nation’s schools,” The Washington Post Editorial Board wrote.

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It said: “Our first reaction to President-elect Joe Biden’s selection of Miguel Cardona as secretary of education was one of simple relief. In the mix for the job had been teachers union leaders and others with polarizing positions, so it was good that Mr. Biden opted for the middle ground. But that reaction does not do justice to Mr. Cardona, whose stirring life story, educational experience and priorities make him an inspired choice to lead the nation’s schools.

“Mr. Biden had promised to appoint a diverse Cabinet and select an education secretary with public school experience. Mr. Cardona’s selection fulfills that pledge: He is Latino, his parents are from Puerto Rico, and he grew up in public housing and attended public schools before becoming an elementary school teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and Connecticut’s current commissioner of education. The contrast with billionaire Betsy DeVos, the current — and widely reviled — education secretary, who has championed private schools and politicized education, could not be starker,” The Post said.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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