DeVos gets cold shoulder from White House after interviews

Tuesday, 13 Mar, 2018

DeVos followed up with a second tweet about how students at charter schools in Detroit are doing better than their peers at public schools in the city.

DeVos was asked about the president's comment during an interview about proposals the White House announced Sunday to combat gun violence in schools.

- Leslie Grossman (@MissLeslieG) March 12, 2018 Lesley Stahl totally exposed Betsy DeVos incompetence and lies, and made DeVos look like a blithering idiot.

A study conducted by researchers at Michigan State University found that students who moved to another school district through schools of choice policies didn't improve test scores. We're in Michigan. This is your home state.

DeVos is trying to divorce students' success from their environments to justify the funding gap public schools will face as a result of her school choice program. She couldn't say, for example, why schools in MI, her home state, have largely gotten worse since the widespread introduction of the school choice policies she lobbied for.

Betsy DeVos: Maybe I should, yes.

"I don't know - overall, I can't say overall that they have gotten better", DeVos replied.

"She asked me one thing about schools, and then another, and another", she said.

Stahl noted that the school's students criticized DeVos's visit, accusing her of seeking publicity and avoiding their questions.

And it didn't end there.

On the subject of arming school teachers, which Trump has recommended, DeVos said she could not imagine her first-grade teacher carrying a gun but said it was one solution and should be considered "for those who are capable".

After DeVos said that "billions and billions and billions" of dollars have been invested in public schools with "zero results", Stahl noted that USA test scores have risen over the last 25 years.

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

"Maybe I should, yes". She supports switching government money from the federally funded public school system into schemes such as vouchers that allow parents to send their children to private, religious or charter schools. "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". DeVos said she was unsure.

'I don't know. I don't know.

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

"She is facing the glare of the spotlight much more than they did and the press is much less friendly to her", Petrilli said. "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".

DEVOS: Well, one sexual assault is one too many, and one falsely accused individual is one too many. "Secretary DeVos has not been able to draw the connection between her beliefs in choice and deregulation".