DeVos gets cold shoulder from White House after interviews

Frederick Owens
March 13, 2018

The controversial cabinet member from MI had trouble explaining poor school performance in her home state despite her own multi-million contributions to programs that support vouchers for public as well as private and religious schools. The result, as Lesley Stahl pointed out to DeVos, is that struggling public schools can fall even further behind as their funding is gutted by departing students. What about those kids? "Many of these high performing schools are traditional public schools that have challenged the status quo and dared to do something different on behalf of their students - many where teachers are empowered in the classroom to find what works best for students". As Stahl pointed out, DeVos implemented a similar strategy with disastrous results in MI prior to joining President Donald Trump's cabinet. "We've stagnated", DeVos said. Still, they provide a rough look at how MI kids are doing, and it sure looks like they're doing steadily better in public schools but not in charter schools.

"Dear President Trump, if you want to meet someone who has an actual IQ problem (as opposed to just being black), meet your Education Secretary Betsy DeVos", Huffman tweeted.

Stahl suggested she should visit those schools to understand what they're doing.

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.

Betsy DeVos: I hesitate to talk about all schools in general because schools are made up of individual students attending them.

Stahl asked: "Have you seen the really bad schools?" The question DeVos struggled to answer on 60 Minutes is about why MI schools are struggling, not if they're struggling. There is no doubt about it.

DeVos hedged her answer, standing with survivors of sexual assault before doubling down her longstanding commitment to college men and their parents who say they were falsely accused of sexually assaulting women.

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DEVOS: Maybe I should. Yes.

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

"Maybe I should. Yes", said the secretary.

'I don't think assault weapons carried in schools carried by any school personnel is the appropriate thing, ' she said, asked whether teachers should be allowed to carry assault weapons. Sometimes it does. Again, I think, I think. Now she's giving more interviews as the Trump administration rolls out its new school safety plan - and she's still hesitant to give specific answers.

DEVOS: I'm more misunderstood than anything.

The interview also addressed the movement for gun control founded by student survivors of the Parkland, FL, shooting.

Frankly, there was a lot Besty DeVos seemed to not know, but this particular admission of ignorance pertained to the rates of campus sexual assaults and student complaints filed under Title IX.

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