Betsy DeVos flubs question on MI schools on '60 Minutes'

Posted March 14, 2018

Murray also said that DeVos told her that only federal officials would be part of the panel.

Trump's Secretary of Education was quizzed about school performance in the United States, in an interview with Lesley Stahl on the CBS 60 Minutes program on Sunday.

During a terrible "60 Minutes" interview with Leslie Stahl, DeVos acknowledged that she was broadly disliked, but claimed she was "misunderstood".

Whenever DeVos speaks, it feels as though the sum total of human knowledge is somehow diminished.

It's because her life's work prior to becoming Secretary of Education was to destroy public schools. This follows reports that calls came into the Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line warning about 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz, prior to his shooting and killing 17 people last month at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

Lesley Stahl: The public schools here are doing worse than they did. "I can't say overall that they have all gotten better", DeVos replied. At one point, she told Democrat Sen.

DEVOS: I'm not so sure exactly how that happened. So, if you're going to argue that school choice has made public schools better, you had had better find a whole hell of a lot better spin that "I don't know".

"I have not. I have not".

As reported by The Hill, when Devos visited Harvard University, she faced a silent protest there.

"Everything I heard from [DeVos] in our conversation suggested that this is just the latest effort to delay and shift the conversation away from the gun safety reforms that people across the country are demanding", Murray said.

"60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl asked DeVos if in MI, students who can't afford to leave public schools are thriving, as the secretary cites. During a section of the interview on school discipline, a notoriously racialized issue, DeVos tried to claim "this issue comes down to individual kids". The New York Times article mentioned Devos as a proponent of deregulation in education. After 10 minutes of DeVos, the human brain loses the ability to perform simple arithmetic. If this is the caliber of the top education official in the land, it hardly speaks well for getting an education.

According to the Education Department, charter schools are entities that receive public funding but operate with greater autonomy than traditional public schools. "Overall, I can't say overall that they have all gotten better". Exit polls showed a huge education gap in the 2016 election.

Proponents tout charter schools as offering parents more choice over where their children can receive an education, as well as their alleged ability to improve student performance.

DeVos: Well, there are certainly lots of pockets where this, the students are doing well and... DeVos, who once said traditional public education is a "dead end", is proving by example as the nation's top educator that education generally is a dead end.

The White House also directed the Justice Department to support states to partner with local law enforcement to provide "rigorous firearms training to specifically qualified volunteer school personnel", said Andrew Bremberg, director of the president's Domestic Policy Council. After her full year of on-the-job learning, though, DeVos' appearance Sunday on "60 Minutes" showed no diminution in her ineptitude.

In the "60 Minutes" interview, DeVos said that she believes teachers having guns in the classroom "should be an option for states and communities to consider". Those choices, made more than a decade ago, are indicative of DeVos's myopia on education and the problem with the charter/voucher system in general.