How Cardona pushed for school reopening and kept strong relationships with teachers unions

As the coronavirus pandemic upended education, Connecticut’s education commissioner moved quickly to set up regular meetings with organizations representing the state’s teachers, school boards, principals, and superintendents. Bob Rader, the executive director of the Connecticut State School Board Association, said their weekly meetings allowed all parties to share their perspectives.

“Even though things got rather testy on the outside, as far as the positions of the unions,” he said, “certainly he was always willing to listen and to talk about these issues.”

Indeed, the emails show that union leaders had an open line of communication with Cardona.

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