Senators voted 64 to 33 to approve Cardona, a former fourth-grade teacher and school principal. Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch both voted no.
Each district is responding to the pandemic in its own way, but for many students the new year means a new shot at in-person learning.
The Connecticut education commissioner is a former public school teacher.
Only about 20 percent of schools update their websites with current expenditures, contracts and board documents, according to an EdNews review.
The plan would allow up to two spectators per student participant and enforce a series of safety protocols. Gov. Brad Little has not yet agreed to the proposal.
Gov. Brad Little’s statewide order designed to help slow the spread of coronavirus limits gatherings to 10 people or less. Players are exempt but spectators are not.
Staff visited more than 700 schools over the past four years and will report findings to the 2021 Legislature.
The Legislature has signaled it will take up a number of issues in 2021.