Published: Wed, March 14, 2018

DeVos Suggests CBS Edited Her '60 Minutes' Interview

DeVos Suggests CBS Edited Her '60 Minutes' Interview

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos flubbed a question on MI schools on CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sunday, saying she had no idea whether the state's schools are better or worse off because of her school choice efforts. Interviews with DeVos broadcast Sunday night and Monday morning by CBS and NBC show that she's performing below grade level in all subjects - and her deviation below the mean is anything but standard.

"This offers a kind of sad glimpse at the way some huge philanthropic and political donors go through life: being told they are geniuses by very accomplished people who want their $; and then totally unready for actual challenge", Smith tweeted.

"I'm fighting every day for every student, in every school - public and private - to have a world-class education". It involved the performance of public schools in Michigan, DeVos's home state and the place where DeVos had spent decades and millions of dollars to encourage the spread of charter schools - which are publicly funded but privately run. If DeVos was coached to be as vague and non-specific in her answers as possible, she should get rid of the person giving her that advice.

"She only got [her job] because of her money and because of her ideology... she hates public education and she has her whole career", Ayers told show hosts Brian Becker and John Kiriakou.

Nina Rees, CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, declared past year that the debate over charter schools was "over" and that charter schools were unequivocally better than their traditional counterparts.

"States surrounding MI offer parents more choices and see improving student achievement", she argued at a National PTA conference in Arlington, Virginia.

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

In the same way, when Devos was asked about arming teachers, she responded with it "should be an option" for the states and communities.

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.

"Have you seen the really bad schools?" Now, she's being tasked with leading a commission on school violence.

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Instead, one stunningly flat-footed exchange went viral nearly immediately, calling into question her knowledge about public schools, school choice and the very agency she leads. "The public schools here are doing worse than they did".

DEVOS: Maybe I should.

"I'm not so sure exactly".

DEVOS: - I'm more misunderstood than anything.

When Stahl suggested she should, DeVos agreed: "Maybe I should".

The DeVos interview has already sent a message that schools can be less mindful of stark disciplinary disparities.

"Betsy DeVos is clearly unqualified to be in charge of such an important responsibility-the future of our kids".

According to the Washington Post, Throughout the interview, Stahl asked pointed questions to Devos. Well, consider that DeVos, whose brother Erik Prince founded the Blackwater mercenary outfit, jettisoned the Education Department's usual security in favor of round-the-clock protection by US marshals for $6.5 million a year.

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