Joe Biden is reportedly considering leaders of the nation’s largest teachers’ unions to replace current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, should the former vice president be declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
According to a report at the New York Times Friday, the short list of contenders for the education cabinet post includes Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and Lily Eskelsen Garcia, recent past president of the National Education Association (NEA).
The NEA represents 2.29 million members, while the AFT represents 1.7 million.
Additionally, the Times report names U.S. House Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-CT), a former National Teacher of the Year, and several superintendents of large city school districts, such as Baltimore and Seattle, as possible candidates for the position.
Though Weingarten said that she was honored to be included on the list of possible nominees, she added she would also be “really happy