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Is Education Secretary Cardona fighting hard enough to reopen schools?

The Biden administration’s new stance on reopening schools is sparking backlash from parents, doctors and a former education secretary. On Wednesday, when asked about the reopening of schools, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said it is “premature” to state whether or not students will be back in classrooms this fall.

Cardona was asked about Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey announcing that there will be no remote learning in the Garden State this fall. New Jersey is not the only state to declare that students will be back in the classrooms this fall. Indiana’s Republican governor, Eric Holcomb, also stated

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Education Secretary Cardona stands firm on standardized testing mandate amid criticism

But he said, student data obtained from the tests was important to help education officials create policy and target resources where they are most needed. When federal funding is distributed to states, he said, “we have to make sure we are laser-focused on addressing inequities that have existed for years. … Every bit of data helps.”

The Education Department announced this week how much money each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico would receive from the $122 billion in funding for K-12 schools that was included in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act.

Cardona made the comment

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Republicans argue school accountability waivers overstep Education secretary authority

Congressional Republicans argued Thursday that Education Secretary Miguel CardonaMiguel CardonaStudents of color more likely to be learning virtually during pandemic: survey The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden leans heavily into gun control Overnight Health Care: AstraZeneca may have included outdated data on vaccine trial, officials say | Pelosi says drug pricing measure under discussion for infrastructure package | Biden administration extends special ObamaCare enrollment until August MORE’s plans for states to request waivers for certain school accountability requirements during the pandemic appear to overstep his limitations. 

In a letter sent to Cardona’s office, House Education and Labor Committee

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Don’t force schools to give standardized tests this pandemic year, research scholars ask Education Secretary Cardona

The Education Department announced in February — before Cardona was confirmed by the Senate — that public school districts had to administer exams in math and English Language Arts required annually by the federal 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the 2002 No Child Left Behind law.

And as late as last week, Cardona said at an education forum that the department was planning to go ahead with its testing decision.

The high-stakes tests are given every spring as a central part of the two-decade-old school reform movement. Testing advocates say the exams provide vital data on how all

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Biden’s Education Secretary just canceled $1 billion of student-loan debt for about 72,000 defrauded borrowers

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  • The Dept. of Education just said it’s canceling debt for about 72,000 defrauded student borrowers.

  • This reverses a Trump-era policy that provided only partial debt-relief to the defrauded students.

  • Borrowers are still struggling to pay off debt after for-profit schools were shut down over scams.

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Although student debt cancellation for every American has not been implemented, debt accrued by students who were frauded by for-profit schools will see their loans forgiven in the coming weeks.

In his first major move as

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