Miguel Cardona during his confirmation hearing
Miguel Cardona during his confirmation hearing

The U.S. Senate committee overseeing education on Thursday approved the nomination of Miguel Cardona to become President Joe Biden’s secretary of education.

In a swift meeting, senators on the committee voted 17 to 5 to forward Cardona’s nomination to the U.S. Senate for final approval.

Committee Chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Cardona is “well qualified” and “ready to work with Congress.”

Sen. Richard Burr, the committee’s ranking Republican from North Carolina, said, “Dr. Cardona has the background qualifications, temperament, to serve as secretary of education.”

Read more about his confirmation hearing here, the work he did as an educator in Meriden here, and his efforts to reopen schools as the state’s education commissioner here.

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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