President-elect Joe Biden announced his transition team for the U.S. Department of Education that's intended to ensure a smooth handoff from President Donald Trump's administration.
The agency review team, made up of volunteers, is one of a list assigned to federal agencies across the government. Biden transition office announced the team's members on Tuesday.
The team appointed to guide education efforts includes representatives from teachers' unions, alumni from President Barack Obama's Education Department, and higher education officials.
The team will be led by Linda Darling-Hammond, the president of the California state education board and founder of the Learning Policy Institute, who also helped oversee Obama's education transition. Darling-Hammond had been rumored to be a possible Biden education secretary pick, but she told EdSource she wasn't interested in that role.
While the team is heavy on former Obama administration officials, it also includes Jessica Cardichon, the director of federal policy at the Learning Policy Institute and a former education aide to independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, one of Biden's key challengers for the Democratic nomination.
It also includes Pedro Rivera, the former Pennsylvania secretary of education whose name has been floated by education insiders as a possible choice for education secretary, and Norma Cantú, who was assistant secretary for civil rights at the education department during the Clinton administration.
So far, the Trump administration hasn't formally acknowledged Biden's win. While that delay is not yet a pressing concern for the Education Department, according to people we've spoken with, that could change.
Here are some notable K-12 names on the education team:
"These teams are composed of highly experienced and talented professionals with deep backgrounds in crucial policy areas across the federal government," Biden's transition office said in a statement. "The teams have been crafted to ensure they not only reflect the values and priorities of the incoming administration, but reflect the diversity of perspectives crucial for addressing America's most urgent and complex challenges."
You can read the full education transition team list here.
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