Reuters, Washington — U.S. President-elect Biden appointed Miguel Cardona as Secretary of Education on Tuesday, marking a new record for the potential number of Hispanics in the cabinet.
“In Miguel Cardona, America will have an experienced and dedicated public school teacher leading the way,” Biden said in a statement.
The incoming president said Cardona’s appointment “will help us address systemic inequities” and “tackle the mental health crisis in our education system,” as well as ease student debt and give teachers a raise.
Biden, who takes office on January 20, has already tapped Alejandro Mayorkas as head of the Department of Homeland Security and Xavier Becerra as health secretary.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) welcomed the nomination and congratulated Biden for making good on his promise to surpass the number of Latinos in the administrations of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
“The choice of Miguel A Cardona as Secretary of Education signals that now we have the possibility, if he is confirmed, to see for the first time in history, three Latinos in the cabinet,” the organization said.
The Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) pointed out that as a native Puerto Rico, Cardona faces difficulties in learning English for preschool children and has spent most of his career efforts to bridge the gap between minority students and peers. gap.