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Senate confirms Miguel Cardona as Biden's education secretary

Cardona will lead Biden's push to reopen the majority of K-8 public schools in the first 100 days of his administration.

3/2/2021 2:06:00 PM

Cardona will lead Biden's push to reopen the majority of K-8 public schools in the first 100 days of his administration.

Cardona will lead Biden's push to reopen the majority of K-8 public schools in the first 100 days of his administration.

At his confirmation hearing Feb. 3, Cardona said schools can reopen safely without all teachers being vaccinated against COVID-19, a sentiment echoed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "There is no substitute for a classroom experience for our students," Cardona said during the hearing, adding that he'd bring a"mentality of partnership and clear communication to help recover our public education and reopen our schools."

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Cardona, 45, won praise from Republicans and Democrats alike on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions during his confirmation hearings. Under President Donald Trump, former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos emerged as an especially high-profile – and controversial – member of the administration. DeVos, who polled as the least popular member of his Cabinet, supported school choice and guns in school and opposed many proposals for student loan relief.

Opinion:Immunization not ammunition, school safety means fewer gunsCardona has vowed to undo many of the policies DeVos put in place. Those include DeVos’ stricter rules for investigations of sexual misconduct at schools and colleges, plus her looser guidelines benefiting for-profit colleges. headtopics.com

Cardona has emphasized a focus on civil rights and LGBTQ students. He stressed the legal rights of transgender children when pressed during his confirmation hearing. Read more: USA TODAY »

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