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Betsy DeVos gets schooled on '60 Minutes'

13 March 2018

DeVos responds that students "want a variety of things", that they "want solutions" instead of gun control specifically.

"Why take away money from that school that's not working?"

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), in February at National Harbor, Md.

Asked if she thought that action suggested that false accusations of rape were as common as actual attacks, DeVos said: "I don't know, I don't know".

In here piece, Stahl acknowledges it's hard to say whether choice schools outperform traditional public schools, and it's unclear what data she was referring to when she said MI "public schools are doing worse than they did".

DeVos eventually acknowledged that public schools in MI need to do better. There is no doubt about it.

STAHL: Have you seen the really bad schools? The Obama Justice and Education departments advised school districts that disciplinary policies could constitute "unlawful discrimination" under federal civil rights law if they resulted in a "disproportionate and unjustified effect on students of a particular race". At one point, she admitted she hasn't "intentionally" visited underperforming schools.

In the same way, when Devos was asked about arming teachers, she responded with it "should be an option" for the states and communities. "DeVos had trouble answering questions and seemed to contradict herself". "'And we've seen great successes there. I'm committed to a process that's fair for everyone involved".

Michigan's public schools struggled before DeVos, but they are an even bigger mess now, with test scores falling and students in charter schools failing to meet the basic standards for reading proficiency.

"Detroit Public Schools averaged 9 percent - 9 percent of kids are proficient", Bennett said.

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DEVOS: "Michigan schools need to do better".

How are MI schools doing?

"She is facing the glare of the spotlight much more than they did and the press is much less friendly to her", Petrilli said.

"So, there's a clear answer to that question", Eden continues.

Her halting answers prompted questions about the interview at Monday's White House press briefing.

But DeVos did have time in the interview to note that MI schools were not preparing students as well as she thinks they should. "We owe that to our children", she wrote. "Scores are stagnant. Students need more options, and we must rethink our approach to education", DeVos said in a tweet. It's about disparate impact.

The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

"Despite the numerous legal and practical arguments for reversing such guidance, which, according to Sen".

During her confirmation hearing past year, DeVos memorably supported the idea of arming teachers - perhaps against grizzly bears, she joked.

Eden observes the Trump presidency and his administration have had a major theme of not accepting premises set by the media. For Fact's Sake: That's just not true. After taking office, she described historically black universities and colleges, founded in response to segregation, as "pioneers when it comes to school choice". "He called her "an inspired choice" despite bipartisan concern that she was a unsafe, supremely unqualified pick for the position".

Betsy DeVos gets schooled on '60 Minutes'