CCSSO Statement on Reports of Nomination of Connecticut Chief Miguel Cardona as U.S. Secretary of Education

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Washington, D.C. (December 22, 2020) – The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Chief Executive Officer Carissa Moffat Miller released the following statement on reports that Dr. Miguel A. Cardona, Connecticut education commissioner, will be nominated as U.S. Secretary of Education.

“I am thrilled to hear that President-Elect Biden plans to nominate Miguel A. Cardona, a state education chief who has dedicated his career to serving students and closing the achievement gap, to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of Education. Dr. Cardona has dedicated his career to creating a more equitable education system, and as Secretary of Education, I know he will continue to prioritize equity, particularly for historically marginalized students. On behalf of CCSSO and our state members, I look forward to continuing to work alongside Dr. Cardona in this new role and forging a strong federal-state partnership to improve K-12 education for all students.”


The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, Bureau of Indian Education, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.

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