Betsy DeVos discusses guns, school choice in '60 Minutes' interview

Betsy DeVos discusses guns, school choice in '60 Minutes' interview

Ms. DeVos released the original video afterward showing that she did respond, telling the audience that she had written many checks over the years to support school choice and that "the balance on my income has gone very much the other way".

We understand that DeVos wants to use taxpayer dollars for private and religious school funding.

For years, the Free Press has written extensively about how Michigan's performance on a national student assessment exam has declined dramatically while other states have shown improvement. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) echoed those words in a tweet of her own.

In fact, over those 12 years, Michigan's scores declined, according to the analysis by Brian Jacob, a University of MI professor of economics and education. MI was above the national average in all of those categories in 2000. M-STEP is the state standardized test.

"Detroit Public Schools averaged 9 percent - 9 percent of kids are proficient", Bennett said.

The following day, DeVos tweeted a picture of two charts, showing how reading and math scores among MI fourth graders compared with the US average.

Betsy DeVos gives every indication that she is, to borrow President Trump's phrase, a "low-IQ individual".

DeVos conceded that she has never "intentionally visited" underperforming schools in her home state of MI, where she spent decades promoting school privatization. "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. Scores are stagnant. Students need more options, and we must rethink our approach to education". "I think they are teaching first grade at a second grade level-they are teaching one grade ahead". "I support choice and charters, but that's been the philosophy for 20, 25 years, and it hasn't improved education".

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DeVos: Well, there are certainly lots of pockets where this, the students are doing well and...

White students: 58 percent proficient in 2014-15 to 52 percent past year. Lhamon told me about one elementary school where a black girl was suspended for poking a student with a pencil.

Hispanic students: 37 percent to 32 percent.

With DeVos struggling to offer sound evidence for how her decisions have improved student performance, critics deemed the interview yet more evidence the MI native is unqualified for her job. "There is no doubt".

"In short, there's an empirical disagreement about whether charter schools will have positive or negative indirect effects on students in district public schools", Brian P. Gill, a scholar at Mathematica Policy Research, wrote in November 2016. So, if you're going to argue that school choice has made public schools better, you had had better find a whole hell of a lot better spin that "I don't know".

STAHL: They want gun control.

DeVos tweeted Monday afternoon: "Here's what we shared with @60Minutes, which of course they didn't show you: MI, like much of the nation, isn't doing well enough to prepare students". For example, Stahl suggested that the Secretary of Education should visit public schools that are underperforming.

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.

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