President-elect Joe Biden is facing pressure campaigns from a number of lawmakers urging him to appoint more Latinos to high level positions as he finalizes his Cabinet nominations.
Miguel Cardona, Connecticut’s top education official is one of the candidates the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is urging for Education Secretary.
“It is essential that the next Cabinet reflects the diverse communities, especially Latino communities, which have been driving America’s businesses and economic growth for years,” the letter states. It adds that because of the pandemic’s impact on the economy and businesses, “it is more important now than ever” that the Cabinet understands the needs of Latinos.
The letter also highlights Cardona’s experience at every level of the education system in their letter, from teacher to principal and professor.
Commissioner of Education Miguel Cardona was featured recently on CTLN Opinion + where he spoke about the resources available to families and educators regarding COVID-19.
Cardona has championed a return to in-school-learning during the pandemic, saying it is imperative to get children back to face-to-face learning.
The situation remains fluid, and no decisions have been made. Three people familiar with the process told the Washington Post the transition committee is focusing its attention on two candidates including Cardona at the moment. Another person cautioned that others are in the mix. All four spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal conversations.