Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Betsy DeVos Struggles To Answer Simple Questions In '60 Minutes' Interview

Betsy DeVos Struggles To Answer Simple Questions In '60 Minutes' Interview

DeVos has denied it. DeVos expounded during a March 12 appearance on Today, saying in reference to guns that "schools should have this tool", while noting that "we have to get much broader than talking about guns". She became the first Cabinet nominee in history to need a tie-breaking vote from the vice president to be confirmed by the Senate. "If I had to answer every question she had about schools, I would have had to bone up on education for a month".

"I had never watched "60 Minutes" before, but I can tell you this, I will never watch it again", the Education Secretary said. 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. "Stahl knocked the Education Secretary at every turn, bringing up her wealth and describing the journey 'from her sheltered life in MI to her life now as a lightning rod in Washington'". If you are the secretary of education, you have to know you are going to be asked about the effects of school choice - particularly in your home state.

In response, DeVos said that she gives "a lot of credit to the students there for really raising their voices".

DeVos was brought into the Trump administration with no experience as an educator but with a reputation for promoting private and charter schools.

Maybe try to figure out what they're doing?' Stahl asked, continuing to press her.

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

Lesley 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.

The other came from Twitter user Alanna//NEVERAGAIN: "Betsy DeVos came to my school, talked to three people, and pet a dog", it read.

Lesley Stahl: The public schools here are doing worse than they did.

"I have not, I have not, I have not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming", DeVos replied. There is no doubt about it.

Devos is such a believer in charter schools that she has refused to look back to see the damage left behind in the wake of her own success.

"I don't think assault weapons carried in schools carried by any school personnel is the appropriate thing", DeVos said.

"Maybe I should. Yes", said the secretary.

"Maybe you should", Stahl suggested.

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

STAHL: Do you ever say.

"The reforms are helping, but there's so much more to do", tweeted Ms. DeVos.

The billionaire rarely gives interviews and is the only member of the Trump cabinet to be protected by a squad of U.S. marshals, because she attracts controversy and protests and has received death threats.

As far as being "fair for everyone " is concerned, the general research-supported estimate of false reports of sexual assault is 2 to 10 percent, and according to the National Registry of Exonerations, men falsely accused of rape rarely face consequences.

Frankly, there was a lot Besty DeVos seemed to not know, but this particular admission of ignorance pertained to the rates of campus sexual assaults and student complaints filed under Title IX.

On Friday, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law a gun control bill that was passed by the state's legislature.

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