The Education Secretary of the United States Miguel Cardona highlighted the need for higher pay to attract more people to choose the profession.
Miguel also talked about the Biden administration’s announcement for student debt relief. The cancellation of $20,000 in federal student loan debt for Pell Grant borrowers and up to $10,000 for the borrowers whose incomes are less than $125,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a household.
Cardona also expressed that the one-time cancellation policy did not acknowledge the main cause of the loan crisis for students and mentioned: that it “will not fix the long-term issues.”
At a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, the education secretary spoke to the reporters while the Biden administration gets ready to promote its successes beforehand of the midterm elections.
Cardona said that the salaries of the teacher are a key problem at the K-12 level.
“Look, we want to recruit students. We have to make sure that they’re not thinking, ‘Well, if I become a teacher, I have to drive Uber on the weekends, or I have to waitress on the weekends to make ends meet.’ That’s unacceptable.”, he said.