Dr. Miguel Cardona, U.S. Department of Education
Miguel A. Cardona, Ed.D., is the 12th U.S. Secretary of Education. Secretary Cardona has experience as an elementary school teacher, school principal, performance and evaluation lead administrator, assistant superintendent and, most recently, commissioner of education for the state of Connecticut. Under his oversight, despite the pandemic, Connecticut launched a statewide FAFSA data dashboard; procured a comprehensive statewide special education data system (CT-SEDS); announced the state’s highest ever extended graduation rates for students with disabilities and English learners; reached a new stipulated agreement in the landmark school integration case Sheff v. O’Neill; established the first national requirement for high schools to provide courses on Black and Latino studies; and initiated systemic improvement protocols that reach every corner of the state. His focus on equity and excellence for all learners has driven his work at all levels. Secretary Cardona is a lifelong resident of Meriden Connecticut, and a proud alumnus of Meriden Public School. Following his time in Meriden Public Schools, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University, and a master’s and doctorate and superintendent certificate from the University of Connecticut.