AASA Statement in Response to the Nomination of Connecticut Education Commissioner as Secretary of Education


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – December 22, 2020 – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement in response to the nomination of Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona to be the next Education Secretary.
“As we head into the new year and a new Congress, the nation’s public schools and the 50 million students they serve continue to operate in an unprecedented reality of a global pandemic that has transformed their day-to-day educational experience.

“Leadership is paramount, and AASA will always work collaboratively with the heads of federal agencies to ensure that federal education policy supports and strengthens public education. The work of teaching in a classroom and running a school system is a distinct and critical skillset, and AASA welcomes the chance to work with a U.S. Education Secretary who is a career educator with experience in the classroom and at district and state levels. We congratulate Miguel Cardona on this nomination, and we look forward to supporting him in the major task of getting our students and staff back to school safely.

“Our mantra at AASA is that leadership matters, and we have a high regard for the leadership skills that Miguel Cardona will bring to the U.S. Department of Education from his time as an educator in Connecticut public schools and as an AASA member.”


For specific questions, please contact Noelle Ellerson Ng, AASA associate executive director, advocacy and governance, at nellerson@aasa.org.


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.