The U.S. Secretary of Education stopped by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College on Thursday for what was billed as a way to showcase schools reopening safely, but it turned into something a bit more intimate.
During his opening remarks, Miguel Cardona told members of the Tribal Council that reopening schools isn’t just about having proper PPE on hand, it’s also making sure that educational institutions are prepared to support students.
Towards the end of his visit, Cardona sat down with a handful of the college’s students and asked for their perspectives. One of the students told him that the school operated as its own community, where faculty were always available to help students … even if just to get a decent meal.
Another student told Cardona about problems in securing money for the college and that they really wanted to have a building as big and beautiful as Mid-Michigan College’s at the corner of Broadway and Summerton. In response, Cardona mentioned that they might take another look at rules for how money gets spent.