America Forward released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted, 64-33, to confirm Dr. Miguel Cardona as the next U.S. Secretary of Education:
We congratulate Secretary Cardona on his historic confirmation by the full Senate – the final vote was a signal of lawmakers’ confidence in Secretary Cardona’s ability to lead the Department of Education’s efforts to safely reopen schools; tackle the pressing challenges facing students, educators, and families; and help school communities across the country rebuild in equitable and restorative ways.During the confirmation process, Secretary Cardona outlined a number of priorities for his tenure, including a deep focus on equity; a commitment to advancing whole-learner approaches that reflect a holistic view of healthy learning and development for every young person; intentional efforts to foster innovation, leverage evidence, and replicate best practices; and an emphasis on implementing trauma-informed approaches and creating safe and healthy learning environments.Members of the America Forward Coalition are already working to advance these priorities in thousands of communities nationwide, and we look forward to partnering with Secretary Cardona and his team in the months ahead to expand proven approaches and improve outcomes for all students, educators, families, and school communities.
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