The National Puerto Rican Agenda (NPRA) congratulates our new U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona. As citizens we are proud to be represented by a man with strong family values and community roots, who believes in the potential of all learners to be successful given the right educational tools and support.

Dr. Cardona is the son of Puerto Rican parents who migrated to the mainland in search of better opportunities. Thanks to his and his family’s efforts and dedication, Dr. Cardona was able to complete post graduate degrees in education. He has been deeply invested in the Connecticut public school system for over two decades serving as an elementary school teacher, school principal and superintendent, among other roles. Dr. Cardona has been an active board member in non-profit charitable organizations. He has excelled as a leader in the educational field and is an inspiration to the Latino community.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Cardona faces many challenges to reinstate in-person school classes while prioritizing the wellbeing of all students and school personnel. We are confident that Dr. Cardona will perform admirably handling every situation with equilibrium and equity.

His confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Education is not only an achievement for the Puerto Rican community but for all of us Americans who believe in educational excellence and opportunity for present and future generations. His trajectory and background as an educator gives us much hope.

Dr. Cardona was instrumental in making Connecticut the first state in the nation to require all high schools to offer African-American, Puerto Rican, and Latino studies. In addition, one of Dr. Cardona’s first actions as Secretary of Education was to remove obstacles impeding the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico from accessing $912 million in Federal education funds.

We hope that as Secretary of Education, Dr. Cardona continues to promote ethnic studies. In particular, we call on Dr. Cardona to incorporate the Puerto Rican experience in the public school curriculum. That should include but not be limited to understanding how Puerto Rico became a U.S. territory and its inhabitants acquired U.S. citizenship, the legal and political relationship between the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S., the Puerto Rican migration and the establishment of stateside communities, and Puerto Rican contributions to the nation.

We enthusiastically congratulate Dr. Miguel Cardona for this well-deserved achievement.

The National Puerto Rican Agenda is proud of you.

National Puerto Rican Agenda

http://www.puertoricanagenda.org/