Statement By Secretary Of Education Miguel Cardona On The U.

Chair Murray, Rating Member Blunt, Distinguished Subcommittee.

Good morning and thanks.

Whereas I’ll concentrate on the funds and priorities of the Division of Schooling, I need to begin by sharing that, collectively, we should meet this second.

After attending the wakes of 4 murdered youngsters, and attending the funeral of a trainer, Irma Garcia, who died defending her college students, and her husband Joe, who died of a damaged coronary heart, I spoke with lecturers from Robb Elementary College in Uvalde Texas. In between tears, they requested for assist. They requested that we see what they’re experiencing in order that we do every little thing in our energy to assist them, and the thousands and thousands of scholars and educators we serve throughout the nation. So at present, respectfully, I ask, let’s do one thing.

Our lecturers and educators did every little thing we requested of them these final two years. Now we should hearken to them and act.

For the final two years, with larger dangers to their very own lives, our college students and lecturers rose to the second and safely returned to highschool regardless of fears and the dangers that had been related to it.
Now we should do the identical. Rise to the second, regardless of no matter fears could exist to assist out lecturers and college students.

On Might twenty fourth, the next college youngsters and lecturers had been murdered in one in every of our colleges:

Irma Garcia Grade 4 trainer
Eva Mireles Grade 4 trainer
Makenna Lee Elrod, 10
Layla Salazar, 11
Maranda Mathis, 11
Nevaeh Bravo, 10
Jose Manuel Flores Jr., 10
Xavier Lopez, 10
Tess Marie Mata, 10
Rojelio Torres, 10
Eliahna “Ellie” Amyah Garcia, 9
Eliahna A Torres, 10
Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10
Jackie Cazares, 9
Uziyah Garcia
Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10
Maite Yuleana Rodriguez, 10
Jailah Nicole Silguero, 10
Amerie Jo Garza, 10
Alexandria “Lexi” Aniyah Rubio, 10
Alithia Ramirez, 10

We should say their names as we bear in mind the duty we have now. Individuals want to us to resolve tough issues. We must be humbled by this chance to make a extra good union. We have to do higher. Our youngsters deserve higher. Let’s discover a path ahead!

Earlier than I begin, I need to thanks for confirming key Schooling Division positions. We’re eagerly awaiting affirmation of extra nominees so the Division can proceed its essential work on behalf of scholars, households, and educators.

At the moment’s listening to is about greater than President Biden’s proposed investments for schooling in Fiscal yr 2023.

It is concerning the wants of our college students, and the way we will meet them, if we work collectively.

The priorities on this funds replicate what I’ve realized throughout visits to 33 states throughout America and my conversions with college students, mother and father, educators and leaders in small cities, prosperous suburbs, and concrete and rural communities, together with tribal communities.

Addressing alternative and achievement gaps that had been made worse in pandemic is extra essential than ever.

This funds focuses on this by investing in our Title I colleges and investing in Full-Service Group Faculties, which offer high-poverty communities with simpler entry to providers for well being and vitamin,
enrichment grownup schooling, and extra.

Let’s additionally make investments a billion {dollars} in hiring employees to assist the rising psychological well being wants. College students are 6X extra prone to entry this assist in our colleges versus neighborhood settings.

To deal with the trainer scarcity disaster, let’s make investments an extra $350 million for recruiting and retaining lecturers.

I’ve traveled the nation listening to folks, they share they’re involved with restoration . , .. They’re involved with their youngsters’ studying at grade degree. , , They’re involved with again to highschool. , , bit
letting politics and division into the classroom. Let’s work higher collectively.

The America Rescue Plan acquired us this far. We went from 46% of faculties absolutely oprn to over 99% at present.

Together with your investments, let’s construct extra inclusive inexpensive pathways to larger schooling and rewarding careers for all out college students.

Let’s improve Pell by $1,775 for FY2023 so extra youngsters can get to varsity Our funds additionally requires investments in neighborhood faculties, Traditionally Black Schools and Universities, Hispanic Serving Establishments, Tribal Schools, and inclusive establishments.

We’re proposing $200 million for Profession-Related studying, so extra underserved college students graduate highschool with business credentials and faculty credit. Graduates want choices!

Look, schooling gave me the instruments to attain the American Dream.

I grew up in a blue collar neighborhood. I solely had what my public colleges provided me.

I attended a Title I college and graduated from a technical highschool.

I turned a first-generation faculty scholar.

I am bilingual-certified educator, who benefited from high quality trainer preparation {and professional} growth.

I’m a product of the investments on this funds.

Schooling introduced the promise of this nation alive for me.

We should renew that promise for at present’s college students and people to come back.

For the final two years, we had been examined in methods we may by no means think about. Via intentional collaboration and powerful management, we persevered. As this second requites much more of us, we should lead with
a fair larger urgency.

Our college students are watching do not allow them to down.


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