Acting Education Secretary Pedro Rivera began his remarks to the Senate Education Committee as he would before a classroom.
“Good morning,” Rivera said, to muffled greetings in return.
“Wow, can I try that again?” said Rivera. “I feel like I’m in front of my students.”
The back-and-forth improved from there. Before the panel voted unanimously to advance Rivera’s name for consideration, multiple lawmakers praised him for being responsive to their questions over the past few months.