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Betsy DeVos mocked for messy '60 Minutes' interview

14 March 2018

Less than a day after DeVos was appointed to chair a federal commission on school safety, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders downplayed DeVos' role in the process.

Lesley Stahl: The whole state is not doing well.

As the Trump administration pushes to address the issue of school violence, DeVos contended that she sees herself as a "leader in this subject", as demonstrated by her request to "head up a task force that will really look at what states are doing".

The article, based upon an analysis by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies, which represents the charter school sector, shows that charter school students performed twice as well in reading and math as their counterparts in traditional public schools. The National Center for Education Statistics, part of DeVos' Education Department, predicts enrollment of full-time students in degree-granting postsecondary institutions, up 38 percent between 2000 and 2014, will climb an additional 15 percent by 2025.

The White House also directed the Justice Department to support states to partner with local law enforcement to provide "rigorous firearms training to specifically qualified volunteer school personnel", said Andrew Bremberg, director of the president's Domestic Policy Council.

To understand how, we need to start with a letter that Sen.

She repeated vague statements assuring her commitment to "advanc [ing] ways in which schools can be made safer for students", as she told Fox News hosts during another interview on Monday morning, and said "everything is on the table" in terms of policy proposals. In response to the question, DeVos told Stahl: "All of these issues or all of this issue comes down to individual kids" and that the issue of institutional racism was being "carefully" studied.

The Post analysis highlights not only were the questions pointed, but Devos could not answer certain questions during the interview.

Have the public schools in her home state of MI improved? She couldn't say, for example, why schools in MI, her home state, have largely gotten worse since the widespread introduction of the school choice policies she lobbied for. She said she met Tuesday afternoon with DeVos, who chairs the federal commission on school safety unveiled by the White House earlier this week. For Trump, the fewer people who get an education, the better off he will be.

"I hesitate to talk about all schools in general because schools are made up of individual students attending them", DeVos said, as Stahl suggested that DeVos visit those underperforming schools.

The wife of Amway executive Dick DeVos and wealthy in her own right, Betsy DeVos is a former two-time state Republican Party chairwoman in MI.

"You're not going to solve the problem if you don't acknowledge the problem", says Pratt Dawsey.

"A 2009 study from the Rand Corp. found 'little evidence that the presence of charter schools affects the achievement scores of students in nearby traditional public schools either positively or negatively'". It's worth noting that during DeVos's confirmation hearing before the Senate education committee in January 2017, she said, "I believe there is a lot that has gone right in Detroit and MI with regard to charter schools." Sen. "Tht you don't even feel pressure to study up to prepare for a national prime time interview to make it *seem* like you know what you're talking about is both fantastic & frightening".

In 2016, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey led an effort to add $3.5 billion from state reserves to K-12 schools over 10 years, in addition to regular budget appropriations.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos - who has been on the job more than a year - has been taking extensive criticism over an interview Sunday night on "60 Minutes" during which she appeared to stumble over answers.

Betsy DeVos mocked for messy '60 Minutes' interview