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    Latinos who supported Trump were more likely to lack a college education

    Donald Trump had a higher share of support in the 2020 election among Latino voters without a college degree than those with one, Pew Research Center reported Wednesday. Although President Joe Biden won a majority of votes from Hispanics, 59 percent in the 2020 race, there was a significant difference in preference based on education, Pew reported. Biden won 69 percent of college-degreed Latino voters, compared to 30 percent for Trump, a 39 percentage-point advantage. But Biden’s advantage over Trump narrowed with Hispanics with some college or less, 55 percent to 41 percent, a 14-point advantage. Overall, Trump made gains with Hispanic voters. In 2016, 14 percent of Latinos voted…

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    Education secretary nominee urges aspiring Latinos school leaders to lean on their ‘superpower’

    FARMINGTON — Education secretary nominee Miguel Cardona told Latino school leaders from four Western states Friday to embrace their “Latino-ness” as they support one another personally and as aspiring education leaders. “Embrace your Latino-ness. Embrace the fact that, Latinos, when we come together, within five minutes we’re family. That’s a superpower that we have,” said Cardona, addressing participants of the Four Corners Latinx Leadership Academy Summit conducted virtually but based in Farmington. Earlier this week, Cardona faced tough questions during his Senate confirmation hearing. Senators pressed him for his positions on issues such as transgender participation in athletics, student loan forgiveness and reopening schools, which President Joe Biden has promised…

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    Latinos praise Miguel Cardona, Biden’s education secretary pick

    Miguel Cardona, Connecticut’s first Latino commissioner of education, is poised to become the nation’s next education secretary — a pick that satisfies President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign promise to appoint someone with public school experience, after President Donald Trump’s education secretary, Betsy DeVos, was criticized for championing private schools and being an out-of-touch billionaire. If confirmed, Cardona would be the second Puerto Rican and the third Latino secretary of education, after John B. King, Jr., who served in the Obama administration, and Lauro Cavazos, who served in the Reagan and Bush administrations. “Miguel Cardona is a visionary, humble and experienced educator who will lead the Department of Education out of the…

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    CHC urges Biden to choose Latinos to head Education Department, SBA: report

    Hispanic lawmakers are urging President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCHC urges Biden to choose Latinos to head Education Department, SBA: report Louisiana Rep.-elect hospitalized as a precaution for COVID-19 infection Biden and Netanyahu can carefully nourish U.S.-Israeli ties MORE to appoint more latinos to his future administration’s Cabinet. Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) sent a letter to the Biden transition team on Friday advocating for Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona to serve as Education Secretary, Politico reported. They’re also urging Biden to pick Stacie Olivares to lead the Small Business Administration. “The members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) are proud to offer our enthusiastic endorsement of Mr. Miguel Cardona for Secretary…

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    Hispanic Caucus presses Biden to appoint Latinos to lead Education, Small Business

    “It has come to our attention that Mr. Miguel Cardona and Ms. Stacie Olivares are possible finalists for Cabinet appointments,” the letter states. It adds that CHC members offer their “enthusiastic endorsement” of Cardona and Olivares. The lawmakers noted, however, that they remain “strongly supportive” of Eskelsen García. Backing multiple candidates for the job could help the Hispanic Caucus’ chances of seeing more Latinos named to the Cabinet. “The cabinet selection process is always a very dynamic and fluid thing, and both Lily and Miguel, as we understand, have been under serious consideration,” said current Hispanic Caucus Chair Joaquin Castro (D-Texas). “And they’re both incredibly talented individuals.” The letter highlights…

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