Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

DeVos pressed about school choice in MI during 60 Minutes interview

DeVos pressed about school choice in MI during 60 Minutes interview

"I asked if she would maintain the requirement that schools submit civil rights data to the department ..."

Asked if he had seen it, Sanders focused on DeVos" answers about gun policy, then said: "That's the focus of the president, not one or two interviews but on actual policy'.

"Also missing from "60 Minutes": students at charter schools in Detroit are doing 2x better than their peers".

On Sunday night, DeVos was interviewed by veteran correspondent Lesley Stahl, who repeatedly challenged the education secretary on her views.

"Overall, ... I can't say overall that they have all gotten better", DeVos said.

"The whole state is not doing well", Stahl said to DeVos about MI in the "60 Minutes" interview.

It's bad that the Secretary of Education doesn't appear to know very much about schools.

Betsy Devos, the 11th U.S Secretary of Education, was appointed and assumed the position on February 7, 2017. DeVos said she was unsure.

Stahl: Have you seen the really bad schools?

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Many teachers are opposed to the controversial plan to arm some teachers and school employees who volunteer, and promising federal help to train them. She couldn't say, for example, why schools in MI, her home state, have largely gotten worse since the widespread introduction of the school choice policies she lobbied for.

STAHL: Why have you become, people say, the most hated Cabinet secretary?

DeVos: Maybe I should, yes.

Her performance got panned in multiple media outlets. How can she not have an opinion on whether sexual assault and false accusations are the same? According to HuffPost, she dedicated almost half of a speech in September 2017 to stories of those wrongly accused of sexual assault, despite numbers showing that the number of rape accusations that are false is so slim. "And one falsely accused individual is one too many", DeVos said.

'Yeah, but are they the same?' the interviewer pressed.

"I don't know. I don't know". DeVos said she was committed to "making sure students have opportunity to learn in safe and nurturing environments".

Since DeVos has taken office it has been clear her priorities are funding private education. "No one size fits all". "Marco Rubio allowed the Florida shooter to go undetected by law enforcement, DeVos offered none", she adds.

Trump has said he was personally moved by the shooting - and by the persistent and impassioned calls for action from some of the teenage survivors as well as parents of the victims - and elevated the issue of school safety in his administration. But she said he wants to focus on other legislation that has more backing in Congress, including a bill to improve reporting to an Federal Bureau of Investigation database of criminal convictions that is used to prevent prohibited felons from purchasing firearms. "But again, I think this is an issue that is best decided at the local level by communities and by states".

Rep. Adam Schiff, California Democrat and a frequent Trump critic, tweeted, "Actually, Mr. President, there's overwhelming political support for gun safety reform, including age limits, universal background checks, and an assault weapon ban".

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