The Betsy DeVos interview meltdown points to bigger problems

Betsy DeVos Calls “60 Minutes” a Waste of a Half Hour

"Your children did not either, correct?"

As reported by The Hill, when Devos visited Harvard University, she faced a silent protest there. "Stahl knocked the Education Secretary at every turn, bringing up her wealth and describing the journey 'from her sheltered life in MI to her life now as a lightning rod in Washington'". What she also did, though, was pull those kids out of their public school and send them to private ones instead. That obliviousness - or worse - is behind one of the more disturbing moments in her "60 Minutes" interview.

"The whole state is not doing well", Stahl responded.

"I'm fighting every day for every student, in every school - public and private - to have a world-class education. We need all parents to have those choices". Due to the uncertainty, public debate could continue as DeVos' Education Department continues its pro-school choice agenda to the dismay of opponents like the NEA. Her performance in recent interviews may explain why: Despite having ample time to prepare, DeVos didn't appear to have considered potential questions - and she clearly hadn't gathered material to support her points.

Stahl suggested she should visit those schools to understand what they're doing.

Have you seen the really bad schools? "I don't know. Overall, I- I can't say overall that they have all gotten better." she said. Overall, I - I can't say overall that they have all gotten better.

Collins was on with Jake Tapper today in order to talk about the disastrous 60 Minutes interview where DeVos seemed unprepared to answer questions about what she's done to improve national education.

Elizabeth Mann, an education expert with the Brookings Institution, said that DeVos' failure to tour struggling schools undermines her credibility as an advocate for the children that they serve.

After DeVos said that "billions and billions and billions" of dollars have been invested in public schools with "zero results", Stahl noted that test scores have risen over the last 25 years. Charter schools are privately run but publicly funded. It's worth noting that during DeVos's confirmation hearing before the Senate education committee in January 2017, she said, "I believe there is a lot that has gone right in Detroit and MI with regard to charter schools." Sen.

A 2016 study supported this theory by reviewing data for New York City's education system from the 1996-97 academic year to the 2009-10 academic year.

After her morning television interviews, DeVos repaired to Twitter to take issue with one part of the CBS interview.

DeVos' passion for school and community choice also transferred into how she views school safety.

The political response to DeVos's interview has been swift and fierce, as well, with Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) tweeting that DeVos is "clearly unqualified". She and her family have for decades been intimately involved in the state's education scene, and they were instrumental in changes around charter schools that preceded our long slide to the bottom of the national educational rankings.

Trump's Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, had a brutal freshman year in the White House and now, after barely making the grade to be a sophomore, many people are wondering if she should have been held back a year or sent to an alternative school in the Seychelles Islands. She will be leading a new Federal Commission on School Safety.

DeVos has become famous as a champion of privatizing education, and she's distinguished herself by enabling campus rapists, undermining civil rights protections and profiteering from the student loan crisis.

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