Education Secretary DeVos gives cringeworthy interview to '60 Minutes'

Education Secretary DeVos gives cringeworthy interview to '60 Minutes'

Education Secretary DeVos gives cringeworthy interview to '60 Minutes'

DeVos was grilled by Lesley Stahl over why Michigan's public schools are performing poorly in the face of policies DeVos has pushed.

While DeVos maintained that addressing gun violence in schools is an urgent matter, noting that she's heading up a task force to observe what states are doing to protect students, Stahl balked, saying "this sounds like talking instead of acting".

DeVos, who is expected to be appointed as the head of a new commission on school safety today, sought to avoid confronting student demands for tighter gun control after the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla. What about those kids?

But when pressed about how that's worked out in her home state of Michigan, DeVos couldn't say public schools were doing any better - only that "pockets" had improved.

Stahl pointed out that's happened in MI, where the entire state's school system is struggling.

"We are committed to working quickly because there's no time to waste", DeVos said in a conference call with reporters.

"I give a lot of credit to the students for raising their voices", DeVos told Stahl.

Stahl: Have public schools in MI gotten better?

While her brother, the war monger Erik Prince, is coming under the scrutiny of Robert Mueller, Betsy DeVos is struggling with a much lower-stakes interrogation.

Maybe try to figure out what they're doing?' Stahl asked, continuing to press her.

STAHL: No, but your argument that if you take funds away that the schools will get better is not working in MI where you had a huge impact and influence over the direction of the school system here.

The other came from Twitter user Alanna//NEVERAGAIN: "Betsy DeVos came to my school, talked to three people, and pet a dog", it read.

DeVos, a billionaire with no teaching or administrative experience, tried to use the interview to push her idea that public schools do better when they're stripped of resources.

DeVos was a controversial cabinet pick for President Donald Trump, and advocates for increasing school choices rather than investing more in existing schools. There is no doubt about it.

"Maybe you should", Stahl said. DeVos didn't seem to know, and Stahl was quite sure they're doing worse.

"She asked me one thing about schools, and then another, and another", she said.

DEVOS: Maybe I should. Yes.

DEVOS: Sometimes it does.

STAHL: Do you ever say.

Stahl asked DeVos about her decision a year ago to rescind Obama-era Title IX guidelines on how schools should handle sexual assault allegations.

DeVos also spoke about her efforts to end education regulations implemented under former President Barack Obama's tenure, including rolling back Title IX guidance as well as guidance on transgender bathrooms.

"Well, one sexual assault is one too many, and one falsely accused individual is one too many", DeVos replied.

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