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Biden’s Education Secretary Nominee Vows to Prioritize Free Community College, Debt Cancellation

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Biden’s Education Secretary Nominee Vows to Prioritize Free Community College, Debt Cancellation

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Miguel Cardona, President Joe Biden’s nominee to the Education Department, said he will prioritize cancelling student loan debt and offer tuition-free community college education once he is confirmed by the Senate. Cardona, who was named Connecticut’s K-12 school chief last August, would be facing a number of issues on his first day as Education secretary, mainly fulfilling Biden’s campaign promises on higher education, which include making public colleges and universities tuition-free for all families with incomes below $125,000, and a broad cancellation of student loan debt. “While I do have a pre-K-12 background—and that’s an area of passion for me—I recognize as a first-generation college student myself the importance of higher education and the importance of making it accessible,” Cardona said Monday during a 30-minute interview with Connecticut Public Radio. When asked if he supports Biden’s plan to make tuition at community colleges free, Cardona said he is “100 percent” in …

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