Betsy DeVos Bombs on '60 Minutes'

US Education Secretary Betsy De Vos said she will chair a federal commission on school safety

US Education Secretary Betsy De Vos said she will chair a federal commission on school safety

The Michigan billionaire has been charged with overseeing America's education system and has set her sights on making public schools more private, offering voucher-based programs as a solution to "dead end" traditional public schools. DeVos has denied it.

But this isn't true in Michigan - Devos's home state. She became the first Cabinet nominee in history to need a tie-breaking vote from the vice president to be confirmed by the Senate.

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. Said urgency has been disputed on two fronts: Stahl, who called this "talking. instead of acting" during the interview, and the students DeVos visited at Parkland last week who summed up her visit as "just for publicity".

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos says she doesn't believe teachers should be armed with assault weapons in order to protect students.

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

"Students at charter schools in Detroit ate doing 2x better than their peers", she wrote.

When pushed by Stahl to answer if the numbers between false accusations and assaults were the same, however, DeVos said she didn't know. I can't say overall that they have all gotten better.

"The 13 minute segment was heavy on critics who despise DeVos", said the Media Research Center's Scott Whitlock.

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.

DEVOS: I give a lot of credit to the [Stoneman Douglas] students there for really raising their voices, and I think that they are not going to let this moment go by.

Stahl then tried to make the case public schools in the USA are improving. When asked if she sees disproportionate institutional racism in schools, DeVos answers that her department is "studying" the problem. There is no doubt about it. Stahl questioned. "Maybe try to figure out what they're doing?"

'I'm not sure if he saw the whole thing or not, ' said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, when asked if Trump had seen it.

"But I don't think they have [gotten better] for too many kids".

In an interview Monday, Devos depicted the plan to be widely bipartisan and the "first step in a more lengthy process".

DeVos spoke about a number of other issues during her interview, including whether teachers should be allowed to carry guns in schools, rolling back Obama-era regulations, and being the frequent target of protests.

'Well, one sexual assault is one too many, and one falsely accused individual is one too many, ' DeVos responded.

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