Education Secretary DeVos gives cringeworthy interview to '60 Minutes'

  • Education Secretary DeVos gives cringeworthy interview to '60 Minutes'

Education Secretary DeVos gives cringeworthy interview to '60 Minutes'

The Education Secretary has also sparked opposition for leading the "school choice" movement that moves funds away from traditional public schools in favor of alternatives such as charters, but did not have answers when pressed by 60 Minutes about why the policies have not led to higher test scores in her home state of MI.

Stahl then interrupted to call DeVos on her B.S., who then went on to point to Florida, making the claim that students who are given alternate education options other somehow improve public schools.

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

"Has that happened in MI?"

The Education Secretary, who also faced questioned about why she is the "most hated" member of the Cabinet, found herself surrounded by controversy this week after a visit to survivors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

"The whole state is not doing well", Stahl pointed out. "Overall, I can't say overall that they have all gotten better", DeVos replied.

DeVos commented on sexual assault in education, arming teachers to prevent school shootings, and struggling schools in her home state.

Asked about school funding by CBS news' Lesley Stahl, DeVos insisted it was OK to take money away from schools that are underperforming because she believes in investing in students not schools.

"Are you in any way, do you think, suggesting that the number of false accusations are as high as the number of actual rapes or assaults?"

"Yeah, but are they the same?"

DeVos responded, "Maybe I should". "But I'm committed to a process that's fair for everyone involved".

DeVos enthusiastically replied that there were plenty of great options and choices for students in her state, but Stahl pressed further.