DeVos Fires Back at '60 Minutes' After Interview Criticism

Update: Critics Pounce on Betsy DeVos After '60 Minutes' and Monday News Show Visits

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.

DeVos most recently faced bitter criticism after visiting Majory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, soon after a shooting there in February in which 17 people were killed. What about those kids?

"When Lesley Stahl says, 'What about your bad record in Michigan with school choice?' the answer should be, 'Actually, Michigan charters performed substantially better than traditional public schools there, '" he says.

Now, has that happened in MI?

MI implemented a new state assesment, the M-STEP, in spring 2015, replacing the more than 40-year-old MEAP test, making past comparissons hard.

"Well, there are certainly lots of pockets where the students are doing well", DeVos retorted.

DeVos responded, "Maybe I should". When Stahl pressed her on whether they're the same, DeVos said she wasn't sure.

"The plan is a first step in a more lengthy process", DeVos said, adding that she does not think that arming teachers with assault weapons would be "an appropriate thing".

Stahl then asked DeVos whether she had visited "really bad schools" in an attempt to sort out what sort of help they may need. But when a child goes to another school, the money goes with them, leaving the public school they were attending - and the students still there - with less funding.

Robinson is chair of music education at the Michigan State University College of Music and has written extensively about Betsy DeVos and her history in Michigan. There is no doubt about it.

Since her CBS interview, DeVos has criticized 60 Minutes by going on Twitter, pointing to several charts and going on about the data "they didn't show you" during her interview.

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While her brother, the war monger Erik Prince, is coming under the scrutiny of Robert Mueller, Betsy DeVos is struggling with a much lower-stakes interrogation.

"Maybe I should, yes".

"I'm fighting every day for every student, in every school - public and private - to have a world-class education".

DeVos told "60 Minutes" that states with a greater school of choice options for families showed academic improvement.

DeVos: I have not, I have not. That was on display during DeVos's painful confirmation hearing a year ago, in which she was unable to answer simple questions about education, and, incredibly, suggested that teachers be armed to protect students from grizzly bears.

DEVOS: Sometimes it does.

STAHL: Do you ever say.

Um, judging by this interview, DeVos is not misunderstood.

DeVos tried to provide examples of places where school choice has improved public schools. DeVos, saying that too many men were falsely accused, set new rules making it harder for accusers to prove their accusations.

"Maybe you should", Stahl suggested.

'I don't know. I don't know.

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