TRENTON, December 22, 2020—Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, New Jersey School Boards Association executive director, today issued the following statement on President-Elect Biden’s anticipated nomination of Connecticut Commissioner of Education Miguel Cardona as U.S. Secretary of Education.
“With his selection of Miguel Cardona to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education, President-Elect Biden has tapped a lifelong public school educator and leader. Today, I spoke with a colleague in the Connecticut public school community, who praised Dr. Cardona’s collaborative approach to addressing educational issues. This leadership style will be critically important as we look toward education post-pandemic, including challenges such as promoting learning acceleration and closing the digital divide.
“In addition to his outstanding professional experience as a teacher, school administrator and state commissioner of education, Dr. Cardona’s personal background will bring a critical perspective to the challenges facing our nation’s increasingly diverse student population. He is sensitive to the trials and tribulations facing students at risk due to economic disadvantage and other factors. He began speaking only Spanish and knows the challenges facing English language learners.
“We look forward to Dr. Cardona’s leadership.”
The New Jersey School Boards Association is a federation of the state’s local boards of education and includes the majority of New Jersey’s charter schools as associate members. NJSBA provides training, advocacy and support to advance public education and promote the achievement of all students through effective governance.