The debate has turned into a political storm for Biden, who is caught between competing interests as he aims to get students into the classroom without provoking the powerful teacher unions that helped place him in the White House . He says his goal of getting students back to class is possible if Congress approves his relief plan, which includes $ 130 billion for schools nationwide.
Republicans berated Biden for not reopening schools faster, while teachers’ unions opposed the administration’s decision to continue with the standardized tests required by the federal government during the pandemic.
The difficult terrain is nothing new for Cardona, however, who has had to deal with similar tension while navigating the Connecticut pandemic, and who has quickly won praise even from critics of Biden.
Congressional Republicans have applauded Cardona’s efforts to reopen schools in Connecticut, and some see him as a potential ally in their support for charter schools. Teachers, on the other hand, see him as a partner who brings years of experience in education and knows the demands of teaching.
The appointment continues a meteoric rise for Cardona, who was appointed head of the Connecticut Education Department in 2019 after spending 20 years working in Meriden, Connecticut, in public schools – the same district as he frequented as a child.
He started his career as a fourth-grade teacher before becoming the state’s youngest director at 28. In 2012, he was named Connecticut Manager of the Year, and in 2015, he became…
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