Cardona gets bipartisan support at confirmation hearing

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.

Please email your senators and tell them to support Miguel Cardona for Secretary of Education.


7 responses to “Cardona gets bipartisan support at confirmation hearing

  1. Cardona needs to support all teachers and administrators and fund programs for all students, not just minorities. Students in rural and suburban communities need STEM, technology and enrichment programs too. Please be fair to all communities.

  2. Finally, this post will be filled by a fellow educator. This will have a very positive impact on our public schools.

  3. The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights Policy Manual changed in March 2018, days before I received a finding that University of Minnesota did not violate my civil rights when a University of Minnesota Police captain said that UMPD would neither investigate or arrest two students who had an ongoing campaign of harassing and beating me throughout the years 1988-1989 on the basis of my “mental Illness” — depression and anxiety.

    The captain said that I brought on my own problems because “…you are mentally ill….” I didn’t even know the two men. They heard about my “mental illness” from a medical student brother of one of the criminals. My grades suffered, and I didn’t make it to law school and public affairs school to train for the U.S. diplomatic corps. My GPA at University of Minnesota was 2.34. My GPA, through University of South Florida – Tampa, for the 1992 Summer Semester in Costa Rica was, 3.66. I was Chairman of the YMCA Youth in Government Minnesota House of Representatives Health, Education and Welfare Committee during my junior year in high school. I have been active in the Democratic Party since before meeting U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale at our campaign office in 1979.

    I’d been a respected officer at the University of Minnesota International Student Association (MISA) and studied and traveled without abuse in Europe and Latin America. I was an honors student in high school, and my Oxford University educated academic and honors adviser encouraged me to apply to Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown. I stayed in Minnesota to remain close to my family. I was a gifted 17-year old high school assistant when I attended Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Humphrey, the founder of the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party, was the dad of one of my dad’s law school friends.

    The Department of Education Office of Civil Rights manual, that month, was changed to not allow appeals. I was granted an exemption from the usual timeline to file, as my health did not allow for me to speak clearly about my experience. Neither UMPD, the University of Minnesota Vice President of Student Affairs, nor the University of Minnesota Office of Affirmative Action assisted me despite repeated attempts to gain assistance from them.

    My morale and self-esteem tanked as they gaslit me and said I was the problem. I was an average to good student, similar to Martin Luther King, Jr., at Morehouse College. My experience at University of Minnesota was so harrowing that I opted for sterilization to assure that no member of my family would ever have to experience the same medical problems, label, and abuse that I experienced. I never married, and I am in poverty despite growing up down the block from former U.S. Vice President Walter F. “Fritz” Mondale, and having law and medical professionals as parents. My dad was an associate U.S. attorney in his youth, and a corporate attorney and businessman later in life.

    I ask your U.S. Department of Education to again revise the appeals policy to allow for these, and let the University of Minnesota be judged on the merits of my medical and student records.

    Please contact me about this egregious error on the part of Betsy DeVos’ administration of the U.S. Department of Education; and allow me to finally write a concise complaint.

    Thank you.


    Barry N. Peterson
    Minneapolis, MN – USA

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