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Betsy DeVos Calls "60 Minutes" a Waste of a Half Hour

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So when Stahl asked DeVos, "Has that happened in MI?", referring to DeVos's claim that results are better at private and charter schools, DeVos dodged stating, "Well, there [are] lots of great options and choices for students here in MI".

"I don't know. Overall, I, I can't say overall that they have all gotten better", said DeVos, who at Stahl's suggestion, agreed that maybe she should visit some struggling MI schools. As Stahl pointed out, DeVos implemented a similar strategy with disastrous results in MI prior to joining President Donald Trump's cabinet.

Since 1993, MI has been home to the lowest test score gains in the nation, according to the National Assessment of Education Progress.

"Yes, well, there's lots of great options and choices for students here", DeVos replied.

DeVos said in a statement that the commission would look at a "wide range" of ideas in order to ensure that "no student or family should ever have to live the horror of Parkland or Sandy Hook ever again". Overall, I - I can't say overall that they have all gotten better.

Stahl: The whole state is not doing well. But when a child goes to another school, the money goes with them, leaving the public school they were attending - and the students still there - with less funding.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos got a less than ringing endorsement from the White House on Monday after a pair of uncomfortable television interviews raised questions about her commitment to help underperforming schools and support for President Donald Trump's proposal to curb school violence.

"I don't know, overall, I can't say overall that they have all gotten better", DeVos stammered.

And it didn't end there.

Lesley Stahl: Have you seen the really bad schools? Stahl questioned. "Maybe try to figure out what they're doing?"

"I don't know. I don't know", DeVos answered.

Not only does DeVos admit that she has not put a priority on visiting underperfoming schools - why not?? - but also capitulates the point entirely to Stahl.

DEVOS: Maybe I should. Yes.

"I'm not so sure exactly how that happened".

'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.

DEVOS: Sometimes it does. You could see why she rarely gives interviews. The reforms are helping, but there's so much more to do. DeVos, saying that too many men were falsely accused, set new rules making it harder for accusers to prove their accusations.

DeVos' answer follows her decision in September to rescind an Obama-era policy requiring college campuses to investigate reports of sexual assault with a low preponderance of evidence under Title IX.

It's not school safety that's being pushed; it's gun control. "But I'm committed to a process that's fair for everyone involved", she stated.