WASHINGTON, D.C.―Teach Plus President and CEO Roberto J. Rodríguez issued the following statement on the selection of Miguel Cardona as President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education:
“Teach Plus applauds the nomination of Dr. Miguel Cardona as the next U.S. Secretary of Education. Dr. Cardona is an experienced educator and leader who has dedicated his career to fulfilling the charge of educational equity in our public schools. His practical expertise ― as an elementary school teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and Commissioner of Education in Connecticut ― uniquely position him to lead a new direction for the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Cardona’s track record as a collaborative leader and his ability to unify voices to focus on the health, safety, learning, and well-being of students during this pandemic is just what’s needed to move our nation forward.
As a first-generation college graduate, English language learner, and the proud grandson of grandparents from Puerto Rico, Dr. Cardona understands first-hand the path of educational opportunity and needs of our diverse learners and teachers. He is a leader who will draw on the expertise, experience, and solutions of educators to break down the barriers to opportunity in our schools, and to shape an agenda for the future of public education.
Teach Plus urges the United States Senate to act swiftly in its confirmation of Dr. Cardona. There has been no greater moment of urgency for national leadership in our education system, as communities around the country work to respond and recover from this pandemic and re-open schools. Teach Plus looks forward to supporting and collaborating with Dr. Cardona to accelerate our nation’s recovery, and to advance educational equity and progress for millions of learners.”
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