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The United States secretary of education is the head of the U.S. Department of Education. The secretary serves as the principal advisor to the president of the United States, and the federal government, on policies, programs, and activities related to all education in the United States. As a member of the
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, the secretary is fifteenth in the
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to the
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presidency
. The current secretary of education is
Miguel Cardona Miguel Angel Cardona (born July 11, 1975) is an American educator serving as the 12th United States Secretary of Education under President of the United States, President Joe Biden since 2021. A member of the Democratic Party (United States), D ...
, who was confirmed by the Senate on March 1, 2021.


Function

The United States secretary of education is a member of the
president's
president's
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and is the fifteenth in the
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. This secretary deals with federal influence over
education policy Education policy consists of the principles and policy decisions that influence the field of education Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, value (ethics), values, morals, beliefs, hab ...
, and heads the United States Department of Education. The secretary is advised by the
National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and IntegrityThe National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI, pronounced nah-SEEK-eeh) is an advisory body that makes recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Education "on matters related to accreditation and to the eligibility and ...
, an advisory committee, on "matters related to accreditation and to the eligibility and certification process for institutions of higher education."


List of secretaries

Prior to the creation of the Department of Education in 1979, Education was part of the ambit of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. ;Parties ;Status


Health, Education, and Welfare


Education

Source


Living former secretaries

As of , there are nine living former secretaries of education (with all secretaries that have served since 1985 still living), the oldest being
Lauro Cavazos Lauro Fred Cavazos Jr. (born January 4, 1927) is an American educator and politician A politician is a person active in party politics Politics (from , ) is the set of activities that are associated with making decisions in groups, or ot ...
(served 1988–1990, born 1927). The most recent secretary of education to die was Shirley Hufstedler (served 1979–1981, born 1925) on March 30, 2016. The most recently serving secretary to die was
Terrel Bell Terrel Howard Bell (November 11, 1921June 22, 1996) was the Secretary of Education The United States secretary of education is the head of the U.S. Department of Education. The secretary serves as the principal advisor to the president of the ...
(served 1981–1985, born 1921) on June 22, 1996.


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Education Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, value (ethics), values, morals, beliefs, habits, and personal development. Educational methods include teaching, training, storytelling, discussion ...
Secretary of Education The United States secretary of education is the head of the U.S. Department of Education. The secretary serves as the principal advisor to the president of the United States, and the federal government, on policies, programs, and activities rela ...
Education Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, value (ethics), values, morals, beliefs, habits, and personal development. Educational methods include teaching, training, storytelling, discussion ...