Skip to main content

Statement from Deborah Delisle, President and CEO of the Alliance for Excellent Education, on a Swift Confirmation for Dr. Miguel Cardona

For Release: February 3, 2021   

Contact: Dorie Turner Nolt, 404.861.1127,   

“The Alliance for Excellent Education congratulates Dr. Miguel Cardona on a successful hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and urges the members to approve his nomination for U.S secretary of education as swiftly as possible. Dr. Cardona is the leader needed at this moment in time to reinstate respect, vision, and leadership to the U.S. Department of Education. After four years of the Trump administration actively dismantling public education—including nearly a year of severe disruption to student learning because of COVID-19—our country needs a new education leader in place as soon as possible.   We need a secretary to take immediate action on policies that ensure all students—no matter their race, religion, background, or ZIP code—can thrive. Students, families, and educators deserve nothing less.”


Deborah S. Delisle is the president and CEO of the Alliance for Excellent Education and served as assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education from 2012 to 2015.  

The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) is a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those underperforming and those historically underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship.