Biden Announces Cardona as Choice for Education Secretary

Biden Announces Cardona as Choice for Education Secretary
Miguel Cardona in a file photo. (Courtesy of Joe Biden team)
Mimi Nguyen Ly

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that he will nominate Miguel Cardona to be education secretary.

Biden has declared victory in the election. However, President Donald Trump and other Republicans are contesting election results in courts in key states. The Epoch Times is not calling the race at this time.

Cardona, a former public school teacher, is Connecticut’s education commissioner.

In a Dec. 22 statement, Biden said that Cardona is “an experienced and dedicated public school teacher” who will support students and teachers and ensure that every school is “on track to reopen safely.”

“He will help us address systemic inequities, tackle the mental health crisis in our education system, give educators a well-deserved raise, ease the burden of education debt, and secure high-quality, universal pre-K for every 3- and 4-year-old in the country,” Biden said.

Democrat Joe Biden speaks at The Queen Theater in Wilmington, Del., on Dec. 22, 2020. (Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)
Democrat Joe Biden speaks at The Queen Theater in Wilmington, Del., on Dec. 22, 2020. (Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)

“As a lifelong champion of public education, he understands that our children are the kite strings that keep our national ambitions aloft—and that everything that will be possible for our country tomorrow will be thanks to the investments we make and the care that our educators and our schools deliver today.”

As education commissioner, Cardona this year made Connecticut the first U.S. state to purchase some 141,000 laptops for public school students to facilitate virtual learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

An announcement from the Biden team said that within the first 100 days of a Biden administration, Cardona will help carry out Biden’s plan to “ensure that every student in the nation can get a high-quality education from pre-K to post-high school, regardless of their ZIP code, parents’ income, race, sexual orientation and gender identity, or disability.”

Cardona, as an educator, administrator, and public school parent, has a “proven track record” as a leader who will stand up for all students, which includes seeking to “eliminate long-standing inequities and close racial and socioeconomic opportunity gaps” and “expand access to community colleges, training, and public four-year colleges and universities,” the team said

According to an official biography, Cardona began his career as an elementary school teacher. He later served as a school principal in Connecticut for 10 years, before transitioning to the central office of the state’s education department to address the district’s performance and evaluation process. In 2013, he became the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, before being appointed by Gov. Ned Lamont as the state’s education commissioner in August 2019.

Cardona has a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University, and a master’s degree in bilingual/bicultural education and a doctorate in education from the University of Connecticut.

He taught for four years as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut in the Department of Educational Leadership. He also served as the co-chairperson of the Connecticut Legislative Achievement Gap Task Force and as co-chairperson of the Connecticut Birth to Grade Three Leaders Council.