Education pick Miguel Cardona on Biden’s promise to reopen schools

By: | January 26, 2021

With many U.S. schools still shuttered or operating on a limited basis, and millions of children learning remotely (or trying to), the stakes are high for Miguel Cardona. He is President Biden’s pick to run the U.S. Department of Education, and if confirmed, he’ll be charged with making good on Biden’s promise to re-open most K-12 schools during the new administration’s first 100 days.

When asked if that goal was “too optimistic,” Cardona pushed back: “No, I think it’s strong leadership.”

“Ultimately, we can only safely reopen our schools while we are able to reduce spread and contain the virus,” he said, an acknowledgement that, at the moment, the virus’ spread remains unchecked in many communities.

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