New Education Secretary Will Address Urban Educators
Over the years, the nation’s newly installed education secretaries have made it a standard practice to include the Council of the Great City Schools among the first organizations they visited. That tradition will continue when U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona addresses the Council’s virtual Annual Legislative/Policy Conference, March 20-22.
That tradition will continue when U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona addresses the Council’s virtual Annual Legislative/Policy Conference, March 20-22.
The nation’s 12th U.S. Secretary of Education, Cardona will likely discuss his top priority -- reopening the nation’s schools for in-person learning.
“Under my leadership, the Department of Education will take a problem-solving, solutions-oriented approach to working with schools, educators and families to get students back in the classroom full-time,” Cardona wrote in a recent op-ed published in USA Today.
Before becoming education secretary, Cardona served as Commissioner of Education in Connecticut. He began his career in education as an elementary teacher.
“Our nation's education challenges didn't begin with the pandemic, but it has exacerbated inequities in our educational system,” Cardona testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions during his Feb. 3 confirmation hearing. “These inequities will endure and prevent the potential of this great country, unless tackled head-on,” he emphasized. “And so it is our responsibility, and it would be my greatest privilege, if confirmed, to forge opportunity out of this crisis,” he told the committee before the Senate confirmed him on March 1.
Congressmen Address Conference
Also addressing conferees will be Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, and Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Scott has served in Congress since 1993 and in 2015 was one of the four primary authors of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act for the first time in 13 years and replaced the No Child Left Behind Act.
Rep. Neal has served as a congressman since 1988. In 2019, he became chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives. Before coming to Congress, Neal was a high school teacher.
The conference will also feature award-winning journalist Bob Woodward, as well as Greta Massetti, Chief of the Field Epidemiology and Prevention Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Education Department officials will speak to conferees about the educational priorities of the Biden Administration, and congressional staff will provide the latest updates on COVID-19 stimulus relief.