Miguel Cardona confirmed by the Senate as education secretary

Miguel Cardona's nomination was confirmed by the Senate on a vote of 64-33. He will serve as President Joe Biden's education secretary.

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Senate votes to confirm Miguel Cardona to lead the U.S. Education Department as schools across the country attempt to return to safe, in-person instruction — something the Biden administration has prioritized as part of its COVID-19 response plan.

Miguel Cardona's nomination was confirmed by the Senate on a vote of 64-33. He will serve as President Joe Biden's education secretary.

the Connecticut Department of Education.He was also the first Latino to serve as education commissioner in the state and was the youngest principal in the state, the Biden transition team said when announcing his nomination."Dr. Cardona has lived experience as a low-income English learner in Connecticut's public school system, and his professional experience as an educator -- as a researcher -- equips him with a critical perspective on the experiences of some of our most marginalized students," said Liz King, the senior director of the Education Equity Program at the The Leadership Conference Education Fund.

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Susan Walsh/POOL/AFP via Getty Images, FILEEducation Secretary nominee Miguel Cardona testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, Feb. 3, 2021.His confirmation comes as the Senate begins considering legislation that

last week providing nearly $130 billion for K-12 schools to reopen.Some Republicans members of Congress have beenvocal about their oppositionto such a large sum for schools following two previous relief packages. When Cardona was asked about this at the hearing, he said that though he is not involved in the policy development, from the perspective of education commissioner, the previous funding"really helped us keep the lights on," and said the funding being considered is"to make sure we recover." headtopics.com

"So much change has happened, we're going to need more counselors in our schools," Cardona told the committee."We're going to need to make sure we have summer programming. We're going to need to make sure we have extended day. If we really want to recover, we really need to invest now or we're going to pay later. And I feel that the funds that are being discussed now are really to help us with a long-term recovery process, preventing layoffs, when we need more teachers, not less," he said.

Following his confirmation, National Education Association President Becky Pringle, said in a statement the group was looking forward to working with Cardona."From the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing economic crisis to the systemic racism that has held back too many students for too long -- there are compounding challenges that are facing students, educators, families and communities. We must ensure that educators and schools have the tools and resources they need to effectively and authentically diagnose our students’ academic, social and emotional needs, and support their growth, development and success," she said.

Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, said in a statement that he was"glad to be able to support" Cardona. Read more: ABC News »

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