President-elect Joe Biden is expected to name Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona as his education secretary, according to multiple reports Tuesday.
A formal announcement is expected to be made on Wednesday, CNN reported, citing multiple people familiar with the decision.
Cardona has spent his career in public schools and would be expected to fulfill Biden’s sweeping education reforms, including making public college tuition-free for families who earn less than $125,000 annually.
Like Biden, Cardona is a proponent of returning students to in-classroom learning as soon as safely possible after a year of virtual learning caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden has pledged to name a schoolteacher as his education secretary and Cardona fits that bill, having spent two decades as an elementary school teacher in Connecticut, according to the CNN report.
Incoming first lady Jill Biden is also a teacher and in an August interview said she will continue to teach in a community college even while living in the White House.
Biden still has several high-level cabinet positions to name, including attorney general, CIA director and labor secretary, with those announcements now expected to come after Christmas.