Miguel Cardona confirmed as Joe Biden’s education secretary

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WASHINGTON – The Senate confirmed Miguel Cardona as President Joe Biden’s education secretary on Monday.

Cardona, confirmed by a 64-33 vote, will oversee an education department that employs thousands of people and has an annual budget of more over $ 60 billion. He would also oversee the agency’s $ 1.5 trillion student loan portfolio.

He takes the helm of the American school at a difficult time, as many schools have closed their doors to in-person teaching in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Debates over the reopening of K-12 classes have pitted teachers, administrators, school boards and parents against each other. Colleges are bleeding money. Student debt is increasing. Learners find it difficult to take online courses.

Cardona, Connecticut’s education commissioner, will lead Biden’s efforts to reopen the majority of K-8 public schools in the first 100 days of his administration. The administration and Congressional Democrats are pushing for $ 130 billion to help get there as part of the coronavirus relief program running through Congress.

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During his confirmation hearing on February 3, Cardona said schools could safely reopen without all teachers being vaccinated against COVID-19, a sentiment shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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