U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona will visit Santa Fe High School on Thursday morning with Democratic U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján and state Public Education Secretary Kurt Steinhaus to speak with students and counselors about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the importance of mental health support in schools following two years of disrupted learning.

They also will discuss the school’s restorative justice program, which helps students learn to manage conflicts, the Department of Education said in a news release.

Later in the day, Cardona will join U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Jemez Pueblo Gov. Raymond Loretto at the pueblo, where they will discuss efforts to increase broadband access, tour the Walatowa Head Start Language Immersion program and discuss the tribe’s approach to educational sovereignty, the news release said.

Cardona, 46, who was appointed by President Joe Biden, was born to Puerto Rican parents in Connecticut and learned English as second language when he started school. He began his career in education as a teacher and principal.

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