January 19, 2021

Biden chooses San Diego Unified superintendent as deputy education secretary

President-elect Joe Biden nominated San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten as his deputy secretary of education, the Biden administration announced Monday. Biden’s team cited San Diego Unified’s graduation rate and national test scores as reasons for her nomination

Marten, who has led California’s second-largest school district of roughly 100,000 students since 2013, is expected to serve in the post under the leadership of Biden’s nominated Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Connecticut’s schools chief. Marten’s nomination also awaits Senate approval.

Marten will remain superintendent until she is confirmed by the Senate, which district officials expect may happen in February. In a closed meeting Sunday, the San Diego Unified School Board chose Area Superintendent Lamont Jackson to serve as interim superintendent once Marten moves on to her new position.

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