President-elect Joe Biden is set to nominate Connecticut public schools commissioner Miguel Cardona as the next secretary of education. That’s according to The Washington Post, which reports the decision is not yet final. Cardona is Puerto Rican and grew up in public housing. His career in education began as a fourth-grade teacher. He became Connecticut’s youngest school principal at age 28.
During the pandemic, Cardona has advocated for the reopening of schools, although only about one-third of Connecticut’s public school students are currently able to attend in-person classes. Cardona has pushed for using federal aid to buy personal protective equipment for teachers and classrooms. His administration has also allocated federal funds to purchase laptops and internet access for students who remain at home.