DeVos Fires Back at '60 Minutes' After Interview Criticism


"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".

According to U.S. News & World Report, Michigan ranks number 36 overall in education.

"Have the public schools in MI gotten better?" asked correspondent Lesley Stahl.

DEVOS: I have not - I have not - I have not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming.

The White House did not respond to a request for an official comment regarding DeVos' performance. "And - often comes down to - I am committed to making sure that students have the opportunity to learn in an environment that is conducive to their learning". When white students are disruptive, they are typically sent to the principal's office, Stahl said, while school staff often call the police on Black students.

DeVos' passion for school and community choice also transferred into how she views school safety.

"Why have you become, people say, the most hated Cabinet secretary?"

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

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She also avoided answering a question whether disproportionate discipline for the same infraction was a form institutional racism.

We must listen to the students, parents and educators, who have unequivocally stated they do not want more guns in schools and have overwhelmingly rejected the idea of arming educators. "CBS This Morning" posted a message on Twitter on Monday morning saying the department was defending DeVos, and that she is "quite aware" that MI "needs to do better for all students". It is unclear what Trump's own reaction to her interviews was, but officials in the West Wing said things went from bad to worse as DeVos continued her interviews. She would not commit to continuing to require that the data be submitted. "DeVos had trouble answering questions and seemed to contradict herself". "They just got the numbers wrong". "I support choice and charters, but that's been the philosophy for 20, 25 years, and it hasn't improved education".

'I don't think assault weapons carried in schools carried by any school personnel is the appropriate thing, ' she said, asked whether teachers should be allowed to carry assault weapons.

In an interview with Lesley Stahl, DeVos couldn't actually say whether the number of rapes or sexual assaults on school campuses was the same as the number of false accusations, which was the basis for her decision to repeal Obama-era Title IX guidelines for how schools should handle sexual assault allegations. They asserted that at least one-third of such shootings could be prevented by more responsible reporting.

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

"But are they the same?"

Asked if the two were the same, DeVos remarked, "I don't know". 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.