Education Secretary DeVos gives cringeworthy interview to '60 Minutes'

Betsy DeVos appears on '60 Minutes'

And that's problematic for DeVos because she's been active in pushing reform efforts tilted toward charter and private schools there for decades, so the state serves as a model of the sort of educational system DeVos is working toward nationwide.

Stahl: Why take away money from that school that's not working-to bring them up to a level where. that school is working?

In September 2017, Betsy DeVos was widely criticized when she rolled back Obama-era guidelines for college campuses surrounding sexual assault, with some saying she was giving more rights to the accused than the accusers. What about those kids?

Stahl: Has that happened in MI?

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

DeVos: Well, there are certainly lots of pockets where the students are doing well.

Elizabeth Mann, an education expert with the Brookings Institution, said that DeVos' failure to tour struggling schools undermines her credibility as an advocate for the children that they serve.

"Maybe I should. Yes".

"Overall, ... I can't say overall that they have all gotten better", DeVos said.

Stahl responded, referencing DeVos' home state.

'Have the public schools in MI gotten better?' Stahl asked her during one exchange.

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Stahl noted that the school's students criticized DeVos's visit, accusing her of seeking publicity and avoiding their questions.

Collins was on with Jake Tapper today in order to talk about the disastrous 60 Minutes interview where DeVos seemed unprepared to answer questions about what she's done to improve national education. There is no doubt about it.

"Did you ever see her?" I have not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming.

STAHL: Why have you become, people say, the most hated Cabinet secretary? If DeVos was coached to be as vague and non-specific in her answers as possible, she should get rid of the person giving her that advice.

If nothing else DeVos has said that made sense, this administration is not lacking in tools - that's for sure.

DEVOS: Sometimes it does.

"I'm a constituent who supports you, but I don't think calling anyone "dumber than a bag of hammers" is productive or becoming of a Congressman, no matter what", wrote Kirsten Gardner.

Um, judging by this interview, DeVos is not misunderstood. When asked if she sees disproportionate institutional racism in schools, DeVos answers that her department is "studying" the problem.

Stahl also got asked about administration changes to Title IX rules that make it harder for accusers to prove accusations charging sexual assault, the Washington Post noted.

"Maybe you should", Stahl suggested.

Betsy DeVos: I don't know.

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