August 31, 2021

EP. 228 — What Does The US Department Of Education Do? with Secretary Miguel Cardona

School is back in session, and so is Getting Curious! This week, Jonathan sits down with Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to better understand Pell Grants, Pre-K, and how the Department of Education plays a role in each child’s education.

Dr. Miguel A. Cardona currently serves as the 12th Secretary of Education. Since beginning his journey as an educator, Secretary Cardona has served 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.


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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Secretary Miguel Cardona, where I ask him: How can we make the grade on US education? Welcome to Getting Curious, this is Jonathan Van Ness. I’m so excited to welcome you to this episode. I’m pretty sure this is a first for us, because we’ve interviewed cabinet members before, but they were, like, no offense to them because we love them. But they were former cabinet members. I think you’re our first sitting cabinet member ever. Welcome to the show, Secretary Miguel Cardona, who is the Secretary of Education. And in fact, you’re the country’s 12th. Who knew? SEC. MIGUEL CARDONA [00:00:46] Isn’t that something? Glad to be with you.

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