Reprinted from Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos on December 23, 2020.
Teachers unions expressed optimism Tuesday that President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to be the next education secretary, Miguel Cardona, stands well-equipped to strengthen public education and reverse the “disaster” left by outgoing Secretary Betsy DeVos.
“In these tough times,” said National Education Association (NEA) president Becky Pringle, “students, educators, and families face unprecedented challenges—from the Covid-19 pandemic and economic crisis to the systemic racism that has held back too many students for too long. We look forward to partnering with Secretary-designate Miguel Cardona in taking on these challenges together.”
Biden introduced Cardona—a former public school teacher and principal—as his pick Wednesday, saying that Cardona is “brilliant” and “understands the transformative power of investing in public education” …