Education Secy. avoids parent as primary stakeholder question

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona gives an opening statement during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss reopening schools during Covid-19 at Capitol Hill on September 30, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Nash- Pool/Getty Images)

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona gives an opening statement during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss reopening schools during Covid-19 at Capitol Hill on September 30, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Nash- Pool/Getty Images)

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Democrat Education Secretary Miguel Cardona claimed parents should not be the primary stakeholders of their children’s education. On Thursday, Cardona testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee about school reopenings.

The hearing comes as schools across the country have been trying to safely return to in-person learning. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) grilled Cardona about parental rights in this process.

Braun: “Do you think parents should be in charge of their child’s education as the primary stakeholder?

Cardona: I believe parents are important stakeholders, but I also believe educators have a role in determining educational programming.”

Braun: “I think that’s going to be a little out of focus what I think you’re going to find across all elements of education since they pay the bills, they raise the kids.”

Braun went on to add parents should be the drivers of their own kid’s education.

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