U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona is officially the new point person for American education — at a time when the stakes couldn’t be higher.
The Senate confirmed Cardona’s appointment Monday after the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions advanced his nomination in February. Cardona, 45, is rising from his post as Connecticut’s commissioner of education and taking control of American schooling at a fraught time.
Debates about when and how to reopen K-12 classrooms have pitted teachers, administrators, school boards and parents against each other. Colleges are bleeding money. Student debt is mounting. Learners are struggling to keep up