Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Minutes Devotes Segment to Attack on Betsy DeVos

Minutes Devotes Segment to Attack on Betsy DeVos

DeVos is also cherry-picking - as the Washington Post has noted, she has "been a force behind the spread of charter schools in MI, most of which have recorded student test scores in reading and math below the state average".

DeVos said that she was "frustrated" that Stahl neglected to ask her about any of her "really good ideas" for the nation's schools, such as "purchasing guns for teachers with money that is now being wasted on books". The 13-minute segment sees correspondent Lesley Stahl going head to head with DeVos, poking holes in every canned answer DeVos presents as evidence of a job well done.

'The whole state is not doing well, ' said Stahl, speaking to DeVos in her home state.

Asked if she thought that action suggested that false accusations of rape were as common as actual attacks, DeVos said: "I don't know, I don't know". Overall, I - I can't say overall that they have all gotten better.

Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) argued earns her the title "worst Secretary of Education this country has ever seen"-President Donald Trump placed DeVos in charge of the new Federal Commission on School Safety, which is set to explore possible "solutions" to school shootings, including arming teachers". Asked point blank if cutting funds from struggling public schools would improve the schools, DeVos dodged.

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And it didn't end there. When asked what could be done about it, she said it is about "empowering parents to make the choices from their kids" - as in, move them to other schools.

"Here's what we shared with '60 Minutes, ' which of course they didn't show you: MI, like much of the nation, isn't doing well enough to prepare students". DeVos responded, "Maybe I should".

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

When pressed by Stahl about institutional racism and for more specifics on why she thinks the rule needs to be rolled back, DeVos twice repeated the "opportunity to learn" line. She "stumbled in answering questions", was how the Washington Post gently put it.

DEVOS: I'm not so sure exactly how that happened.

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STAHL: Yeah, but are they the same? But I think there are a lot of really powerful forces allied against change.

"Well, one sexual assault is one too many, and one falsely accused individual is one too many", DeVos replied.

DEVOS: Sometimes it does.

DeVos rarely gives interviews outside outlets like conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. The reforms are helping, but there's so much more to do. "I'm committed to a process that's fair for everyone involved". How can she not have an opinion on whether sexual assault and false accusations are the same?

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