By Collin Binkley, Associated Press
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra are expected to testify before a Senate committee on Thursday about schools during the pandemic.
By News Desk and Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press
The Biden administration says it will automatically erase student loan debt for more than 300,000 Americans with disabilities that leave them unable to earn significant incomes.
Monday's announcement was made during Cardona's official three-day trip to Puerto Rico. It is the first for a Biden administration Cabinet member and also marks the first time the island has full access to those funds.
By Dánica Coto, Associated Press
The expansion of the child tax credit, along with other measures, will cut childhood poverty in half this year, according to an analysis done by the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University.
By Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press
By Alexandra Jaffe, Associated Press
President Joe Biden's Cabinet is taking shape at the slowest pace of any in modern history, with fewer than a dozen nominees for top posts confirmed more than a month into his tenure.
He takes charge of the Education Department amid mounting tension between Americans who believe students can safely return to the classroom now, and others who say the risks are still too great.
By Associated Press
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee is expected to vote Feb. 11 on Miguel Cardona and Marty Walsh, Biden's nominations for education secretary and labor secretary, respectively.
If approved, Cardona would oversee an Education Department that employs thousands and has an annual budget of more than $60 billion. He would also oversee the agency’s $1.5 trillion student loan portfolio.
By Candice Norwood
Addressing the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on education will be among some of the most urgent issues facing President-elect Joe Biden when he takes office.
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