FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2020, file photo President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona speaks at The Queen Theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

By COLLIN BINKLEY AP Education Writer
President Joe Biden’s nominee for education secretary is promising to help reopen schools but says much of the hardest work will come after that as schools try to address long-standing disparities worsened by the pandemic. Miguel Cardona is testifying before a Senate committee on Wednesday. In his prepared remarks, he says “it is our responsibility, and it would be my greatest privilege, if confirmed, to forge opportunity out of this crisis.” The 45-year-old Cardona became Connecticut’s state education chief in 2019 after spending years as a teacher and administrator in the public school district in Meriden, Connecticut.