Betsy DeVos's Disastrous Interview Proves She's Still Clueless on Education

Mar 13, 2018, 05:59
Betsy DeVos's Disastrous Interview Proves She's Still Clueless on Education

Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, said "she needs to be held accountable".

The secretary also argued that the federal government has "invested billions and billions and billions of dollars ... and we have seen zero results" in public education.

-"I hesitate to talk about all schools in general because schools are made up of individual students attending them".

In reference to the #MeToo movement, she said she experienced moments decades ago that "today would just be viewed as unacceptable".

Compared to the educational gains that charter students would have had in a traditional public school (TPS), the analysis shows that, on average, students in MI charter schools make larger learning gains in both reading and mathematics. DeVos has denied it.

DeVos told "60 Minutes" that states with a greater school of choice options for families showed academic improvement. She became the first Cabinet nominee in history to need a tie-breaking vote from the vice president to be confirmed by the Senate.

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Her halting answers prompted questions about the interview at Monday's White House press briefing. Don't do a 60 Minutes interview if you aren't well versed in the topic at hand.

The administration also reaffirmed Trump's support for a congressional measure, known as Fix NICS, that helps local officials improve efforts to enter data into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and the congressional STOP School Violence Act to improve school security and provide some funding for such efforts.

On Sunday, the Department of Education Secretary stumbled her way through a sit down with 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl.

As Stahl pointed out, DeVos implemented a similar strategy with disastrous results in MI prior to joining President Donald Trump's cabinet.

But this isn't true in Michigan - Devos's home state.

"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".

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

'But again, I think this is an issue that is best decided at the local level by communities and by states, ' said DeVos, who is chairing a school safety commission. At the time, DeVos announced that her reasoning resulted from meeting with college-aged men and their mothers who said they had been falsely accused of sexual assault or harassment on their college campuses and faced harsh discipline without being allowed the opportunity to face their accusers-one of the policies DeVos stripped away last fall.

"What can be done about that is empowering parents to make the choices for their kids", DeVos said.

In a broad discussion that covered the school system in her home state of MI and the overall public school performance in the country, the secretary stumbled to answer basic questions pertaining to her current role.

"I can't say overall they've all gotten better", DeVos said. Stahl questioned. "Maybe try to figure out what they're doing?"

The question DeVos struggled to answer on 60 Minutes is about why MI schools are struggling, not if they're struggling. There is no doubt about it. Where you had a huge impact and influence over the direction of the school system here.

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Major Gov. Scott Walker donor and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos - both of whom have focused their careers on undermining our public schools in Wisconsin - know little about the value of public education or simply do not care, as they have enacted massive, damaging cuts to public schools in favor of private schools.

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