CAPAC Members Meet with Education Secretary Cardona

Dec 3, 2021 Issues: Education

Washington, D.C. — Today, members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) met with Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. After the meeting, CAPAC Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement:

“I am so grateful to Secretary Cardona for meeting with CAPAC today to discuss how we can work together to promote educational opportunity and attainment. As we discussed with Secretary Cardona, the model minority myth assumes all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are high achievers and high earners, while obscuring the realities of specific AAPI subgroups. For instance, while it’s true that 54.7% of AAPIs hold a college degree, it is far more instructive to have disaggregated data that shows that while 78.9% of Taiwanese Americans hold a college degree, that number drops down to 16.9% for Laotians. I am thankful that Secretary Cardona understands the importance of having more and accurate disaggregated data so we can better understand the needs of our communities. And I appreciated Secretary Cardona’s willingness to discuss other pressing concerns like how learning about Asian American history in schools helps all students learn about our communities and combat anti-Asian hate. Finally, we are grateful for the $9 billion in grants and investments for Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) in the Build Back Better bill, but are concerned that Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) continue to be underfunded. And so we look forward to continued cooperation with the Education Department to resolve this disparity. Secretary Cardona’s leadership is crucial in ensuring safe access to education for AAPI students and I thank him for his strong partnership as we work together on these key issues.” 

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