News Release

UnidosUS President and CEO: Confirmation of Dr. Miguel Cardona Signals Hope for Students, Families and Educators

March 1, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC—Following the confirmation of Connecticut Commissioner of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education, UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía issued this statement:

“Dr. Miguel Cardona’s confirmation today by a 64 to 33 vote to lead President Biden’s Department of Education is a win for students, educators and our country. As our education system grapples with new challenges such as remote learning brought about by the pandemic in addition to long-standing systemic inequities, we need a leader at the helm with his talent and expertise to help chart a path forward. Connecticut Commissioner of Education Cardona is an educator who knows, values and has experienced the public school system, and we have no doubt that his leadership will help usher in a more just and equitable educational response for every student in America.

“And after four years of neglect and indifference, our nation needs an education secretary with not only the heart and experience to champion the needs of disadvantaged students, but the necessary qualifications to meaningfully address growing educational disparities. A longtime educator and administrator, Cardona has shown a deep commitment to driving educational equity by working tirelessly to close achievement gaps and serve as a strong advocate for English learners. Today we turn the page and welcome an education secretary who will fight for high-quality, equitable education for all.”

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Christopher Allbritton