The cordial Feb. 3 confirmation hearing for Dr. Miguel Cardona, President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Education, was a stark contrast to the hotly contested nomination of Betsy DeVos four years ago. Members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee from both sides of the aisle expressed support for Cardona. “I will encourage all of my colleagues on my side to support you as well and to move expeditiously to have you sworn in as the next secretary of education,” said Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, the top-ranking Republican on the HELP Committee.
Cardona stressed that “we must be able to reduce spread and contain the virus” to reopen schools safely. “If we really want to recover, we need to invest now,” he said, noting that President Biden’s COVID-19 package would make possible to hire more teachers, school counselors, expand summer programming, and extend school days. NEA supports Cardona for Secretary of Education. The HELP Committee will vote Thursday, Feb. 11 to advance his nomination to the full Senate.
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