Betsy DeVos Calls "60 Minutes" a Waste of a Half Hour
Mar 13, 2018, 06:00
For years DeVos "been a force behind the spread of charter schools in MI, most of which have recorded student test scores in reading and math below the state average".
STAHL: Why take away money from that school that's not working - to bring them up to a level where they are, that school is working?
We've been covering the downward slide of the state's public school system for years.
DeVos' "60 Minutes" appearance was widely panned, with CNN contributor Ana Navarro saying she "had not seen a TV interview so cringe-inducing, since Sarah Palin saw Russian Federation from her back yard" and U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., saying that if President Donald Trump wants to "meet someone who has an actual IQ problem", he should look to DeVos. What about those kids?
The Michigan billionaire has been charged with overseeing America's education system and has set her sights on making public schools more private, offering voucher-based programs as a solution to "dead end" traditional public schools.
- Leslie Grossman (@MissLeslieG) March 12, 2018Lesley Stahl totally exposed Betsy DeVos incompetence and lies, and made DeVos look like a blithering idiot. We're in Michigan. This is your home state.
'Well, there are certainly lots of pockets where this, the students are doing well, ' she responded.
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"Students at charter schools in Detroit ate doing 2x better than their peers", she wrote.
The public displays of acrimony between California lawmakers and President Donald Trump's administration continued on Sunday, with Representative Jared Huffman labeling Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as "rich, white, and dumber than a bag of hammers". Overall, I- I can't say overall that they have all gotten better.
That appointment came after yet another example of the controversy that has marked her tenure as secretary: a visit by DeVos to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week that was angrily criticized by some students on social media.
During an interview on the "Today" show Monday, DeVossaid she doesn't think assault-style weapons in schools is "the appropriate thing".
Stahl suggested she should visit those schools to understand what they're doing. There is no doubt about it.
STAHL: Have you seen the really bad schools? Maybe try to figure out what they're doing?
The commission, which will be chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, will review a "wide range" of ideas to ensure that "no student or family should ever have to live the horror of Parkland or Sandy Hook ever again", she said.
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"Maybe I should", said DeVos.
According to The New York Times, DeVos rescinded rules that allowed colleges to decide whether a student was responsible for a sexual assault using a "preponderance of the evidence", or the lowest burden of proof. Whether DeVos is capable of solving them is still to be determined - and her showing on 60 Minutes isn't exactly a vote of confidence.
DEVOS:Maybe I should. Yes. He added that he is not sure that DeVos' predecessors in the Obama administration would have done a better job in a similar interview.
STAHL: Yeah, but are they the same? "But I'm committed to a process that's fair for everyone involved", she stated.
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