However the nominee acknowledged Covid-19 has wrenched open long-standing and painful disparities within the nation’s colleges — and that these issues will persist after the pandemic fades.
“We additionally know that this disaster is ongoing, that we’ll carry its impacts for years to return, and that the issues and inequities which have plagued our instructional system since lengthy earlier than Covid will nonetheless be with us even after the virus is gone,” Cardona stated.
“So it is our accountability, it is our privilege, to take this second and to do probably the most American factor conceivable: To forge alternative out of disaster, to attract on our resolve, our ingenuity and our tireless optimism as a folks, and construct one thing higher than we have ever had earlier than.”
Cardona’s choice fulfills Biden’s marketing campaign promise to call an educator with public college expertise to switch Training Secretary Betsy DeVos, however his nomination additionally permits the incoming administration to spotlight a fast-rising Latino training official who famous his public college training and start on the Yale Acres public housing complicated in Meriden, Conn.
“And I, being bilingual and bicultural, am as American as apple pie and rice and beans,” Cardona stated.