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

"Michigan schools need to do better", DeVos told Stahl. CBS did not immediately respond to a query about her tweets.

DeVos' "60 Minutes" appearance was widely panned, with CNN contributor Ana Navarro saying she "had not seen a TV interview so cringe-inducing, since Sarah Palin saw Russian Federation from her back yard" and U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., saying that if President Donald Trump wants to "meet someone who has an actual IQ problem", he should look to DeVos.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos says she doesn't believe teachers should be armed with assault weapons in order to protect students. She has proposed massive cuts in public education funding, and wants to shift billions to private, parochial and charter schools.

Almost a month after the Parkland, Florida high school shooting where 17 were killed, President Trump is unveiling his school safety plan. The White House said it was setting up the Federal Commission on School Safety and would begin helping states to provide "rigorous firearms training" to some teachers to help prevent or stop campus shootings. And one year later, DeVos still has no idea what she's talking about, if last night's sit-down with 60 Minutes is any indication.

"The whole state is not doing well", Stahl said to DeVos about MI in the "60 Minutes" interview.


STAHL: Now, has that happened in MI? It reveals that over half of third-grade students did not pass the reading test on Michigan's state assessment in 2017.

DeVos: Yes, well, there's lots of great options and choices for students here. Still, they provide a rough look at how MI kids are doing, and it sure looks like they're doing steadily better in public schools but not in charter schools.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), in February at National Harbor, Md.

"If a bear comes into your classroom, throwing a book at him will only stun him momentarily, at best", DeVos said. DeVos responds that students "want a variety of things", that they "want solutions" instead of gun control specifically.

"Have you seen the really bad schools?"


'But again, I think this is an issue that is best decided at the local level by communities and by states, ' said DeVos, who is chairing a school safety commission. "There is no doubt about it".

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. The National Education Association represents 3 million educators who work in America's public schools and on college campuses.

"Maybe I should, yes", DeVos replied. But if MI is like the rest of the country, test scores for 12th graders are probably pretty flat. Speaking to Stahl, she refused to even admit that race plays a role in discipline.

How are MI schools doing?

In an interview Monday, Devos depicted the plan to be widely bipartisan and the "first step in a more lengthy process". Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) noted that charter performance in Detroit was nothing to brag about. "Charter schools were a little better, 14 percent of the kids were proficient". 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".


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