Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Education

Miguel Cardona

Secretary of Education

Miguel Angel Cardona was born in July 1975 in Meridien, Connecticut. He earned a B.S. in education from Central Connecticut University. He obtained a Master of Science in bilingual and bicultural education at the University of Connecticut, and also obtained a Doctor of Education from that institution.

He began his career as a fourth-grade teacher in Connecticut. Over time, he was promoted and made the youngest principal in the state’s history. He served as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in his hometown. He was also an adjunct professor of education in the University of Connecticut’s Department of Educational Leadership. He was appointed by the state’s governor to be Commissioner of Education, the first Latino to hold that position.

President Joe Biden nominated Cardona to be Secretary of Education. After a cloture vote, he was confirmed by the Senate in a 64-33 vote, and assumed office on March 1, 2021.

Cardona is married to Marissa Perez, and they have two children.

In the News…

The Department of Education announced its new plan to help tackle debt for those who borrowed federal money to pay for student loans. In a new streamlining process, borrowers who have approved claims that confirm their college or institution of higher learning defrauded them or engaged in financial misconduct will be able to apply for full relief. Estimates are this could result in about 72,000 borrowers to receive $1 billion in loan cancellation.

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said, “Borrowers deserve a simplified and fair path to relief when they have been harmed by their institution’s misconduct. A close review of these claims and the associated evidence showed these borrowers have been harmed and we will grant them a fresh start from their debt.”

The Education Department will be replacing the previous formula used to calculate relief and ensure that borrowers with verified claims against a U.S. school will have complete loan forgiveness.

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Secretary Cardona today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Miguel Cardona, Secretary
Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20202


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