June 15, 2021

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U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona backs transgender athletes’ rights

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona told ESPN that transgender girls have a “right to compete” and suggested that the Biden administration will step in to protect those students’ civil rights, as multiple states enact legislation banning transgender athletes from competing in girls’ and women’s sports.

On June 1, the first day of Pride Month, Florida became the eighth state to ban transgender athletes from girls’ and women’s competitions. In a wide-ranging interview on issues related to sex discrimination and athletes, the new leader of America’s school systems addressed the bans and said it was “nonnegotiable that we’re going to

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Miguel Cardona Talks Summer Learning, Mental Health, and State Tests

After the National Safe School Reopening Summit March 24, a virtual event at the White House, we interviewed U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona about a variety of topics related to the coronavirus pandemic. The following interview has been edited for length and clarity. A summary of highlights from the summit, which featured remarks by President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, and representatives from several school districts, appears below this Q&A.

Today, when you announced the Summer Learning and Enrichment Collaborative, you said you’re not a fan of skill and drill to help students in the months ahead.

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Biden Education Secretary Miguel Cardona Talks School Reopening : NPR

First lady Jill Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona tour Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Meriden, Conn.

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First lady Jill Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona tour Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Meriden, Conn.

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President Biden’s new Education Secretary, Miguel Cardona, hit the ground running Wednesday. Just one day after being sworn in, Cardona traveled to his hometown of Meriden, Conn. with first lady Dr. Jill Biden, on a tour of schools meant to push for the return of in-person learning and to send a clear message to the American

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Five key moments from education secretary nominee Miguel Cardona’s confirmation hearing

Miguel Cardona, President Biden’s nominee for education secretary, appeared before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday, answering sometimes contentious questions from senators about transgender athletes, school reopenings and other issues.



a man talking on a cell phone: Miguel A. Cardona speaks during his confirmation hearing to be secretary of education with the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 3. (Susan Walsh/Pool/AFP)


Miguel A. Cardona speaks during his confirmation hearing to be secretary of education with the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 3. (Susan Walsh/Pool/AFP)

Here are five key moments from the confirmation hearing, spotlighting what Cardona did — and didn’t — say and revealing some of his thinking on controversial topics. You can watch the hearing here or

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Conn. education head Miguel Cardona, nominee for US education secretary, vows to tackle problems worsened by coronavirus

President Joe Biden’s nominee for education secretary is promising to help reopen schools but says much of the hardest work will come after that as schools try to address long-standing disparities worsened by the pandemic.

“These inequities will endure, and prevent the potential of this great country, unless tackled head-on,” Miguel Cardona said in testimony prepared for a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing Wednesday. “And so it is our responsibility, and it would be my greatest privilege, if confirmed, to forge opportunity out of this crisis.”

Cardona, 45, became Connecticut’s state education chief in 2019 after spending

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Education Pick Miguel Cardona Started As A Schoolteacher : NPR

Miguel Cardona portrait

On Wednesday, lawmakers will have some tough questions for Miguel Cardona, President Biden’s nominee to be the next U.S. education secretary. The Connecticut educator will no doubt have to navigate the choppy policy waters of school choice, how to close opportunity gaps and, most critically, how he would help schools reopen as the pandemic rages.

For now, though, members of the U.S. Senate’s education committee won’t have much to go on as they prepare for Cardona’s hearing. That’s because, along with most of the country, many of those lawmakers are just now getting to know him.

In a Biden administration

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