Now that we have our full attention on Dr. Miguel Cardona, we can see what sort of policies he is likely to support; the good news is we see significant alignment on big issues – like equity and expanded curriculum – that matter to the parents we represent.
For one, Dr. Cardona is not anti-choice. Center for Education Reform CEO Jeanne Allen speaks to the politics of what his selection means for American families, suggesting his nomination is “good news for the millions of parents and students whose fates have been so derailed by the coronavirus this year. Had Biden picked a union leader or equivalent, it would have been akin to an act of war on the progress of the last three decades of pushing power to parents, and on those who have fought to get their kids educated this year, whether back in traditional schools or by their own hand.” Luckily for our country’s student population, politics did not get in the way of the strong choice we see in Dr. Cardona.
We are looking forward to reflecting on and fighting for policies that Dr. Cardona is expected to push for, including issues related to equity, English language learners and recognizing proven pitfalls of utilizing test scores when making broad policy decisions.