Why is Secretary Cardona “extra optimistic than regular”

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Training Secretary Miguel Cardona got here to the Monitor breakfast on September 13 bearing “items,” as he put it: a stack of thick, shiny “Elevate the Bar” brochures touting his division’s objectives. He had simply gotten off a back-to-school bus tour within the coronary heart of the USA, and says he feels “extra optimistic than regular.”

Dr. Cardona talked about how glad it’s to place insurance policies in perspective, “whether or not it is in early childhood applications in Illinois or after-school applications in Minnesota. It is good to see college students engaged.”

Nonetheless, he was fast so as to add that these are troublesome occasions for training, whether or not it’s the ongoing efforts of Ok-12 colleges to get well from pandemic “studying loss,” instructor shortages, or the Division of Training’s new post-Supreme Court docket scholar debt reduction plan. It struck the previous program and in June, the Supreme Court docket additionally ended affirmative motion — admissions on racial grounds — at schools and universities, a subject clearly near Dr. Cardona’s coronary heart. He was born in Meriden, Connecticut, to Puerto Rican mother and father, and English is his second language. He was the primary in his household to attend college.

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