Betsy DeVos gets schooled on '60 Minutes'

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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". First, Lesley Stahl asked why it made sense to take money away from public schools that were failing.

"Also missing from @60Minutes: students at charter schools in Detroit are doing 2x better than their peers".

The Justice Department unveiled other school safety proposals Monday night, including holding federal agencies accountable for failing to update the National Instant Criminal Background Check System; ordering the FBI to identify states that are not reporting arrests to state databases and more aggressive prosecution of individuals who lie on gun applications. What about those kids?

STAHL: Now, has that happened in MI?

MI implemented a new state assesment, the M-STEP, in spring 2015, replacing the more than 40-year-old MEAP test, making past comparissons hard.

"Yes, well, there's lots of great options and choices for students here", DeVos replied.

"Maybe I should", she conceded.

DeVos hedged her answer, standing with survivors of sexual assault before doubling down her longstanding commitment to college men and their parents who say they were falsely accused of sexually assaulting women.

"The whole state is not doing well", Stahl pushed.

"I have not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming", she said.


"It's hard for me to get mad at anyone who's in the game to try to make the lives of children better, compared to people who sit on the sidelines and point fingers, even if we disagree", said Michigan School Superintendent Brian Whiston told Bridge in December 2016. There is no doubt about it. Asked on Fox and Friends about making schools more like airports, with metal detectors and ID checks, DeVos responded, "You know, some schools actually do that today".

'Maybe you should, ' volunteered Stahl.

As governor, Walker has enacted draconian cuts to our public education system, slashing more than a billion dollars from our public classrooms while spending lavishly on tax breaks to big corporations and private schools instead.

DEVOS: I don't know.

DEVOS: Sometimes it does.

Stahl asked DeVos about her decision a year ago to rescind Obama-era Title IX guidelines on how schools should handle sexual assault allegations.

Um, judging by this interview, DeVos is not misunderstood.

Betsy DeVos: I don't know.

The Washington Post has a video highlighting four areas where DeVos appeared to struggle with her answers, including on campus sexual assault.

"Are you in any way, do you think, suggesting that the number of false accusations are as high as the number of actual rapes or assaults?"

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