Betsy DeVos Is Humiliated In ’60 Minutes’ Interview When She’s Unable To Answer The Most Basic Questions

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos struggled to answer questions regarding school choice on Sunday night, her signature policy and admitted she had not “intentionally” toured “underperforming” schools during her tenure.

“Well, in places where there have been, where there is, a lot of choice that’s been introduced — Florida, for example — the studies show that when there’s a large number of students that opt to go to a different school or different schools, the traditional public schools actually, the results get better as well,” DeVos told CBS’ “60 Minutes” during an episode that aired Sunday.

But DeVos could not explain why public schools in her home state of Michigan had not improved when funding had been diverted elsewhere.

“I don’t know. Overall, I can’t say overall that they have all gotten better,” she said. “I hesitate to talk about all schools in general because schools are made up of individual students attending them.”

DeVos added she had “not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming.”

School choice is the term for allowing parents to send their children to schools other than the public school district in which they live. This can take the form of parents choosing to send their children to a different public school district, a private school, or a charter school.

A 2017 analysis of results from the National Assessment of Education Progress showed Michigan students had continually made the least improvement since 2003, according to local media.

The White House also announced Sunday DeVos would be overseeing the Federal Commission on School Safety, convened in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., in February.

Arming teachers was an option for states and communications “to consider,” she said.

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Nicole James is a lifelong Democrat and political activist who first cut her teeth as a teenager volunteering for Mike Dukakis’ presidential campaign. She has worked and volunteered for John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, HFA (Hillary For America) and Organizing For Action. She’s passionate about liberal and progressive causes, and considers President Obama her most favorite president ever. She holds her Bachelor’s from Boston College and her Master’s from Columbia University, both in Economics. When not working as a writer, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her three teenagers.

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