Education Secretary Emphasizes Partnering with School Leaders
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While thanking school leaders for their hard work and dedication as they navigated the conflicting demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona cited the work that still lies ahead to improve the next chapter of the nation's public education.
"We still have a lot of work to do," Cardona said in a video address at the recent Council of the Great City Schools' Legislative/Policy Conference, urging school leaders to change the narrative of public education.
"You have a story to tell. You're focused on what matters - helping educators create positive school cultures, promoting academic excellence, and protecting students and educators' physical and mental health." said Cardona.
In his speech, Cardona highlighted how school leaders could use the American Rescue Plan (ARP) as an opportunity to address educational inequalities. "It's our time to make investments that close opportunity gaps, that create more equitable outcomes, ultimately creating brighter futures," he said.
The secretary made several asks of school leaders when using their ARP funds, including recruiting and retaining teachers; supporting staff and mental health professionals; investing in tutors and school programs; creating better pathways to college and careers; and working with community organizations so students have a safe place outside of school.
In closing, Cardona acknowledged the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Education and the importance of its partnership with school leaders. “Together, let’s make the next chapter of education in America the best one yet.