Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Education

Miguel Cardona

Secretary of Education

Miguel Angel Cardona was born in July 1975 in Meriden, 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 as Secretary of Education. After a cloture vote, the Senate confirmed him and he assumed office on March 1, 2021.

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

In the News…

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona testified before the House Appropriations Committee regarding his department’s intent to shut down “predatory schools.” The Department of Education has taken action against Grand Canyon University, claiming the school has failed to “accurately disclose its cost to students.“

Secretary Cardona sought an “increased enforcement budget to go after these folks and crack down. Levied largest fine in history against a school that lied about costs and terminated a school from Title IV. We are cracking down not only to shut them down, but to send a message not to prey on students,”

Grand Canyon University has requested a retraction from the education secretary regarding “public statements that are legally and factually incorrect and not shared by any of the other 26 regulatory and accrediting bodies that oversee GCU.”

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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