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Cardona will advocate for students, educators at U.S. Education Dept

NEA looks forward to partnering with Secretary on immense issues facing students, educators
Dr. Miguel Cardona was confirmed by the Senate to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Education under the Biden administration, Monday, March 1, 2021, in Washington.
Published: 03/01/2021

WASHINGTON — Dr. Miguel Cardona today was confirmed by the Senate to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Education under the Biden administration.

The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Becky Pringle:

“NEA members teach, support, mentor and nurture students in public schools and on public college and university campuses across America, and we know the very real challenges that students face every day. It is our mission to demand justice, stronger public schools and more opportunities for all students — Black and white, Native and newcomer, Hispanic and Asian alike. As an educator — a teacher, an elementary school principal and an adjunct professor — Dr. Cardona knows this work intimately.

“Secretary Cardona is someone who respects educators as the professionals that they are, will listen to our experiences as the people who know the names of our students, and will ensure that we have a voice in developing and implementing education policy. He will be a true partner for educators at the Department of Education. 

“From the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing economic crisis to the systemic racism that has held back too many students for too long — there are compounding challenges that are facing students, educators, families and communities. We must ensure that educators and schools have the tools and resources they need to effectively and authentically diagnose our students’ academic, social and emotional needs, and support their growth, development and success. We look forward to working with Education Secretary Cardona in taking on these challenges together.” 

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, students preparing to become teachers, healthcare workers, and public employees. Learn more at

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The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.