School choice: Lots of critics, including Margaret Hartmann at NY, are focusing on a part of the interview about school choice during which DeVos acknowledged she didn't know whether schools in her home state of MI were doing better.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos took to Twitter Monday to defend herself after she was criticized for struggling to answer basic questions on school performance during an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday night.
According to U.S. News & World Report, Michigan ranks number 36 overall in education. Fifty-six percent of students in the third grade did not pass the state assessment's reading test in 2017. She follows this up with the startling admission that she has not "intentionally visited" schools that are under-performing, which doesn't do much to support DeVos' argument that she actually gives a damn about schools in general.
In one exchange, DeVos, who has slammed America's public schools as severely underperforming, said she hasn't "intentionally" visited such schools in her home state of MI.
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. "And are committed to making sure students have opportunity to learn in safe and nurturing environments".
Stahl offered a hypothetical example of a classroom disruption to illustrate the differences in the discipline of white students and Black students.
Lesley 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?
"The point is that schools should have this tool if they choose to use the tool".
DeVos' response was, " ... all of these issues come down to individual kids".
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"Well, there are certainly lots of pockets where the students are doing well", DeVos responded. She also struggled to answer education questions during her contentious confirmation hearing before the Senate last January.
Betsy DeVos: Well, we should be funding and investing in students, not in school. school buildings, not in institutions, not in systems.
"She asked me one thing about schools, and then another, and another", she said. "I think probably there, I would imagine that there is probably a gun in the schools to protect from potential grizzlies", she had said. She would not commit to continuing to require that the data be submitted.
The Post analysis highlights not only were the questions pointed, but Devos could not answer certain questions during the interview. "They just got the numbers wrong". "Secretary DeVos has not been able to draw the connection between her beliefs in choice and deregulation".
Huffman included video of a recent "60 Minutes" interview with DeVos. Meanwhile, federal education programmes face steep cuts. In September, DeVos rescinded Obama-era guidance for schools, colleges, and universities that are investigating sexual assault cases. "I have better things to do with a half hour of my time".
"But are they the same?" 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. How can she not have an opinion on whether sexual assault and false accusations are the same?
'Yeah, but are they the same?' the interviewer pressed.