February 3, 2021
Miguel Cardona, President Joe Biden’s nominee for Education secretary, breezed through his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, winning some bipartisan support even amid an increasingly contentious national political debate over reopening schools during the pandemic.
Cardona pledged to do “everything in our power to safely reopen schools,” vowing to take a collaborative approach to address the unprecedented upheaval of the nation’s educational system and combat the educational inequities exacerbated by the pandemic.
His hearing comes as Republicans increasingly blame the Biden administration and teachers unions for standing in the way of reopening schools. Senate GOP lawmakers this week are pushing a floor vote on an amendment aimed at blocking new federal Covid relief to schools that don’t return to in-person instruction.