Betsy DeVos Says Teachers Shouldn't Be Armed With Assault Weapons

Education Secretary Betsy De Vos on CBS’s “60 Minutes” television show on Sunday

"Many of these high performing schools are traditional public schools that have challenged the status quo and dared to do something different on behalf of their students - many where teachers are empowered in the classroom to find what works best for students".

Lesley Stahl: Now, has that happened in MI?

In case anyone needed a reminder of this, DeVos's March 11 appearance on CBS's 60 Minutes was cringeworthy proof that DeVos is barely treading educational water.

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

"Yes, well, there's lots of great options and choices for students here", DeVos replied. She made unsupported claims about the benefits of school choice and came up empty when asked about the MI education disaster, helped by her huge spending there to advance poor charter schools.

Devos said she will head a commission created to explore ways to protect schools from gun violence, and push for a broader approach to deal with the problem. Overall, I - I can't say overall that they have all gotten better.

Stahl suggested she should visit those schools to understand what they're doing. "One only needs to follow the trail of donor money to Republicans to know that Walker has done her bidding, funneling money away from our public schools and mismanaging education".

"Well, we should be funding and investing in students, not in school buildings, not in institutions, not in systems". "Overall, I can't say overall that they have all gotten better".

And it didn't end there. Although the schools themselves are doing worse, there may be "pockets" of students doing better, she said.

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Stahl: Have you seen the really bad schools, maybe try to figure out what they're doing?

"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". In other words, Betsy DeVos thinks its possible that half of all college sexual assault victims are lying. She was unable to answer what happens to students left in those underperforming schools. "If I had to answer every question she had about schools, I would have had to bone up on education for a month".

"Maybe I should. Yes", said the secretary.

"I'm a constituent who supports you, but I don't think calling anyone "dumber than a bag of hammers" is productive or becoming of a Congressman, no matter what", wrote Kirsten Gardner.

DEVOS: Sometimes it does. "It wasn't just that interview last night, it was also her two interviews this morning where she couldn't even defend the administration's proposals on school safety".

DeVos on Sunday said she wasn't sure why many Americans dislike her so much, musing that she is "more misunderstood than anything".

Stahl also got asked about administration changes to Title IX rules that make it harder for accusers to prove accusations charging sexual assault, the Washington Post noted.

STAHL: Yeah, but are they the same? "I'm committed to a process that's fair for everyone involved".

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