Category: Education News

Miguel Cardona: What to know about Biden’s education secretary pick

President Biden has tapped Miguel Cardona to lead the Education Department, and he’ll soon have the chance to make his case for the job before the Senate during a confirmation hearing. 

If confirmed, Cardona will step into the hot seat after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who was the bitter target of Democratic scorn for her changes to Title IX, her support of school choice and charter programs, and for changes to Obama-era student loan borrowing policies.

Here’s everything to know about Cardona, 45, Connecticut’s education commissioner:

He was an ESL learner in Connecticut public schools 

Cardona grew up in Meridien,

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Biden Education nominee touted diversity speaker who claimed schools ‘spirit murder’ Black children

One of President-elect Biden’s top Education Department nominees hosted a diversity training during which she gave an “extremely complimentary” introduction to its featured speaker, who has accused public schools of “spirit murdering” of Black children.

Discovery Institute researcher Chris Rufo previously reported on the training, which took place under Unified San Diego School District Superintendent Cindy Marten, whom Biden named on Monday as his nominee for deputy secretary of education. An attendee’s notes and screenshots of the presentation allege the speaker, Dr. Bettina Love, accused schools of engaging in “spirit murder” and dehumanizing Black people. 

That attendee, who spoke on

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Former Ed Secretary Arne Duncan [Video]

Betsy DeVos resigned her post as Education Secretary last week following the riots at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 with just days left in the position, saying President Trump’s rhetoric was an “inflection point.” But former Education Secretary Arne Duncan says DeVos’s actions were far from heroic and that her willingness to work with President Trump reveals much about her character.

“When you work with somebody like Trump, that reveals everything about who you are and your character and your values. Cruelty to kids, cruelty to families is often the point. And what she did consistently was to choose

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Betsy DeVos’s Education Record – WSJ

President Trump’s post-election meltdown will forever stain his legacy, but it shouldn’t erase the good done over four years by many of his appointees. The Trump years provided a crucial correction to the progressive excesses of the Obama years, and as the left prepares to retake power it is already trying to rewrite history.

Take Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who is being kicked on her way out the door. “Good riddance, Betsy. You were the worst Secretary of Education ever,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted following Mrs. DeVos’s resignation last week as a matter of principle after the riots at the

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Trump administration tries to hamstring Biden on student loan forgiveness

The Trump administration on Wednesday sought to throw up a bureaucratic roadblock to progressives’ push for the incoming Biden administration to cancel large swaths of outstanding student loan debt through executive action.

Education Department officials released a memo, signed by an outgoing political appointee, that concludes that the agency lacks the power to unilaterally forgive federal student loan debt on the scale that some Democrats want.

The eight-page memo says that “the Secretary does not have statutory authority to provide blanket or mass cancellation, compromise, discharge, or forgiveness of student loan principal balances, and/or to materially modify the repayment amounts

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