NAESP Statement on Miguel Cardona Nomination as U.S. Secretary Of Education

The National Association of Elementary School Principals congratulates Secretary-designate Miguel Cardona and believes his experience positions him well to serve all students and educators.

Alexandria, VA—December 22, 2020—“On behalf of elementary and middle school principals from across the country, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) congratulates former NAESP member and 2012 NAESP National Distinguished Principal Dr. Miguel A. Cardona on being nominated to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of Education. Secretary-designate Cardona’s background—from growing up in public housing to his on-the-ground experience as a public school teacher and elementary principal, as well as his current role as Connecticut’s Commissioner of Education—positions him well to be an effective voice and leader for all students and school communities.

Cardona will assume his role at a difficult moment for America’s public schools. The pandemic has caused severe academic, social, and mental health challenges for millions of students across the country. The U.S. Department of Education can play a critical role in helping schools confront this crisis head-on by ensuring educators have the necessary resources and support to effectively respond. NAESP looks forward to working with Cardona in his role to advance equity, lift up the voice of educators, and improve educational opportunities for students across the nation.

We commend President-elect Joseph R. Biden on selecting Cardona and urge Congress to swiftly confirm his nomination.”