USA Today reports:
The Senate confirmed Miguel Cardona as President Joe Biden’s education secretary Monday. Cardona, confirmed in a 64-33 vote, will oversee an Education Department that employs thousands and has an annual budget of more than $60 billion. He would also oversee the agency’s $1.5 trillion student loan portfolio.
He takes the helm of American schooling at a fraught time as many schools have kept their doors closed to in-person teaching as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cardona, the commissioner of education in Connecticut, will lead Biden’s push to reopen the majority of K-8 public schools in the first 100 days of his administration.
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The Senate has voted to confirm Miguel Cardona as education secretary. He’ll be a key figure in President Joe Biden’s effort to reopen the nation’s schools amid the pandemic. https://t.co/TIoXSZ3zdG
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 1, 2021