Education nominee pledges new guidance, more virus testing

By: | February 4, 2021

President Joe Biden’s nominee for education secretary is pledging to counter the “frustration and distrust and fear” about reopening schools in the middle of a pandemic with clear guidance, expanded virus testing and a call for teachers to be prioritized in vaccine rollout plans.

But Miguel Cardona stopped short at a Senate hearing of saying that all teachers should receive vaccines before being asked to return to the classroom, a demand being made by some teachers unions.

“We have great examples throughout our country of schools that have been able to reopen safely,” Cardona told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

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