Betsy DeVos's Disastrous Interview Proves She's Still Clueless on Education

Education Secretary Betsy De Vos defended the administration's response to school shootings

Education Secretary Betsy De Vos defended the administration's response to school shootings

Betsy DeVos: Well, we should be funding and investing in students, not in school. school buildings, not in institutions, not in systems. The president is also calling for better coordination between mental health care, school officials and law enforcement.

But this isn't true in Michigan - Devos's home state. Test results from the NAEP, known as the Nation's Report Card, offer the most reliable, cross-state comparisons of academic achievement.

On the most recent NAEPs, from 2015, MI fourth-graders tied for 43rd in the nation in reading and 42nd in math; eighth-graders fared better - 39th in math and 20th in reading. MI third-graders went from 50% proficiency to 44.1% over that time.

These findings position MI among the highest performing charter school states CREDO has studied to date.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks to the news during a press conference held at the Heron Bay Marriott about her visit to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on March 7, 2018, in Coral Springs, Fla. Whether DeVos is capable of solving them is still to be determined - and her showing on 60 Minutes isn't exactly a vote of confidence. "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". For years DeVos "been a force behind the spread of charter schools in MI, most of which have recorded student test scores in reading and math below the state average".


"I hesitate to talk about all schools in general because schools are made of individual students attending them."


DeVos was back on television Monday, on a few different channels, talking about a new role President Trump has given her: leading a commission on school safety.

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Not if third-grade reading is a marker of academic success.

DeVos said: "Michigan schools need to do better". "There is no doubt". The "60 Minutes" correspondent noted that MI schools were not doing well.

In recent years, large school districts have moved away from punishing misbehaving students with suspensions or expulsions, favoring ideas like "restorative justice" or programs that focus on the reasons why a student misbehaved.

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.

During her confirmation hearing past year, DeVos memorably supported the idea of arming teachers - perhaps against grizzly bears, she joked.

"Maybe I should", DeVos then said when Stahl suggested she visit those schools. Before becoming secretary of education, DeVos had never worked as an educator or a policymaker; she was a donor to education reform efforts favored by the right, such as school choice and vouchers. The 13-minute segment sees correspondent Lesley Stahl going head to head with DeVos, poking holes in every canned answer DeVos presents as evidence of a job well done.

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