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To our Nation’s Mom and dad and College students:
I compose initially, as your new Secretary of Training, to accept the terribly complicated year you’ve endured. In between the well being disaster, financial hardship, staunch nationwide division, and the wrestle to make development in understanding whilst apart from academics and peers, the influence of the pandemic is continue to very genuine and will be felt for yrs to appear.
And nonetheless, you’ve saved likely. As a parent of two who skilled these exact fears and uncertainties, and an educator who has been moved by the resilience of the college students and people I have achieved, enable me say: you deserve recognition and you have my deepest thanks.
Brighter days are in advance. We are making development. Extra colleges throughout the nation are reopening for in-individual understanding, and they are executing so with the support of distinct, science-centered direction from experts in the discipline. The Division has unveiled section a single of a COVID-19 Handbook to support colleges put into practice direction from the Centers for Ailment Control and Prevention, and we’re performing on the second volume. Together, these guides will provide additional proof-centered strategies for colleges to lower disruptions induced by faculty closures, primarily for our most vulnerable college students and communities and address the influence of COVID-19 on educational chance throughout communities.
The most pressing troubles we deal with aren’t new. Since I commenced teaching additional than 20 yrs back, chance gaps stay. There are continue to unacceptable disparities in superior faculty graduation rates and better instruction is continue to out of access for much too quite a few college students, together with learners of shade, these from minimal-revenue people, and these, as I was, who would be the initially in their people to attend.
These inequities aren’t just keeping our kids back again from accomplishing their whole opportunity – they are keeping our nation back again, much too. We all profit when our kids have superior-high quality prospects to develop their expertise and develop their information – and then, share their presents and talents with the earth.
Our initially priority is to return college students to the classroom for in-individual understanding, but we know there’s additional function to be completed once we’ve obtained that intention. We’re also performing toward developing much better vocation pathways, making faculty additional very affordable, ensuring all college students have accessibility to superior high quality colleges with a balance of high quality coursework that involve the arts and sciences, supporting instructor high quality and increasing instructor diversity, assure academics receive the help and regard they want and deserve, increasing accessibility to superior-high quality preschool, and supporting superior-high quality vocation and technical instruction.
President Biden’s programs are bold, but they match the urgency that the troubles in advance of us need. And as Secretary, I will generally maintain college students and their accomplishment at the coronary heart of the Department’s function.
We know that, presented the suitable help, resources and prospects, our opportunity is boundless. Irrespective of our concerns as parents, this year we’ve noticed new proofs of our children’s ingenuity, optimism, and potential to triumph over the hardest of situations.
If we all commit to approaching the remainder of this faculty year – and the yrs to appear – with this exact attitude of possibility, determination, and innovation, we can and will make fantastic on our promise to America’s college students. As an educator and as a parent, I commit to safeguarding and advancing the dreams of your kids, as I commit to the dreams of my possess son and daughter.
Our nation’s college students deserve – and they will get – our very greatest efforts, our most collaborative considering, and our deepest perception in their abilities. Together, we can develop a future of promise and chance that makes no exceptions.
Secretary Miguel Cardona