Betsy DeVos Made Pretty Much Everyone Cringe on "60 Minutes"

US Education Secretary Betsy De Vos said she will chair a federal commission on school safety

US Education Secretary Betsy De Vos said she will chair a federal commission on school safety

Since her CBS interview, DeVos has criticized 60 Minutes by going on Twitter, pointing to several charts and going on about the data "they didn't show you" during her interview. The National Center for Education Statistics, part of DeVos' Education Department, predicts enrollment of full-time students in degree-granting postsecondary institutions, up 38 percent between 2000 and 2014, will climb an additional 15 percent by 2025.

A longtime proponent of choice, DeVos stumbled through her answer when asked how such efforts had worked to improve the public schools in her home state of MI.

While DeVos maintained that addressing gun violence in schools is an urgent matter, noting that she's heading up a task force to observe what states are doing to protect students, Stahl balked, saying "this sounds like talking instead of acting".

The answer above was good, in that she offered a specific example about Florida that helped to prove her broader point.

She repeated vague statements assuring her commitment to "advanc [ing] ways in which schools can be made safer for students", as she told Fox News hosts during another interview on Monday morning, and said "everything is on the table" in terms of policy proposals. In a sick irony, some on the right would use the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida - allegedly committed by a young man who carved swastikas into the magazines for his semi-automatic rifle - as a pretext to roll back civil rights protections for students of color.

DeVos' spokeswoman Liz Hill said that the secretary's focus was on promoting successful innovation, including in traditional public schools.

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Stahl mentioned MI schools' poor performance, something a University of MI study appeared to confirm previous year.

DeVos, who famously explained the need for armed classrooms was due to the potential threat of grizzly bears, responded by saying arming teachers should be "an option for states and communities to consider" while admitting she couldn't imagine her first-grade teacher, Mrs. Zorhoff, ever having a gun "or being trained in that way".

But when pressed about how that's worked out in her home state of Michigan, DeVos couldn't say public schools were doing any better - only that "pockets" had improved.

"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.

"I have not - I have not -I have not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming", DeVos answered.

"You never attended a K-12 school, did you?"

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"I have not - I have not - I have not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming", DeVos replied.

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

"Maybe I should", DeVos said.

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

The DeVos interview has already sent a message that schools can be less mindful of stark disciplinary disparities. For instance, when asked about sexual assault, she could not say whether the number of false accusations was lower than the number of actual rapes or assaults.

DeVos is just the latest member of Trump's Cabinet to come under scrutiny. "DeVos is an embarrassment to responsible education choice and reform movements".

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According to the Washington Post, Throughout the interview, Stahl asked pointed questions to Devos.

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