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Potential Biden education secretary pick was a vocal critic of Obama-era policies

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, the former National Education Association president and top candidate for the role of education secretary in President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet, was a vocal critic of education policies adopted under the Obama administration.

Eskelsen Garcia, who retired from the NEA’s top role, has pushed for lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle to support her candidacy. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus endorsed Eskelsen Garcia for the role in a letter to Biden, arguing that she is well-equipped to pursue the president-elect’s goal of combating racial disparities in education.

The prospective candidate was critical of the Obama administration’s approach

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President Trump overturns an Obama-era student loan rule

Both chambers of Congress had passed a resolution to reverse a proposed policy by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that would have changed how defrauded victims of for-profit colleges could seek debt relief.

But on Friday night, two months after the GOP-controlled Senate rejected the proposed policy, Trump vetoed it.

The president had two choices: Either sign the new resolution and affirm that his education secretary made a mistake by attempting to overturn the Obama-era rule or veto the bill and risk a political fight over debt relief in the middle of a pandemic.

The president chose the latter option.

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