Twitter Is Dragging Betsy DeVos After Her Painful '60 Minutes' Interview

Twitter Is Dragging Betsy DeVos After Her Painful '60 Minutes' Interview

Twitter Is Dragging Betsy DeVos After Her Painful '60 Minutes' Interview

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"Also missing from @60Minutes: students at charter schools in Detroit are doing 2x better than their peers".

Later in the interview, in a question about the months-long Me Too movement against sexual harassment and assault carried out by men in positions of power, Stahl asked DeVos if she had ever previously encountered such behavior.

Stahl: Has that happened in MI?

We've been covering the downward slide of the state's public school system for years.

The controversial cabinet member from MI had trouble explaining poor school performance in her home state despite her own multi-million contributions to programs that support vouchers for public as well as private and religious schools.

Betsy DeVos: I don't know.

DeVos: I can't say overall that they have all gotten better.

When Stahl asked DeVos if she has visited the schools that are struggling thanks to lack of funding and failed charter experiments-problems that the Trump White House is looking to worsen with devastating cuts to public education funding-she responded that she has "not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming".

That's the start of a hard pivot, where suddenly DeVos claims that we can't make any broad statements about schools at all because they're made up of individuals, right after claiming that all public schools do better when they're stripped of funds and students choose to leave them.

But the tensest exchange came when Stahl pressed her on her support for public schools. There is no doubt about it.

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'Have you seen the really bad schools?

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.

"It's hard for her to establish credibility in speaking about those issues when she hasn't visited an underperforming school as secretary", Mann said.

How are public schools doing in MI?

According to The New York Times, DeVos rescinded rules that allowed colleges to decide whether a student was responsible for a sexual assault using a "preponderance of the evidence", or the lowest burden of proof.

DEVOS: I don't know.

Her halting answers prompted questions about the interview at Monday's White House press briefing.

DEVOS: Sometimes it does.

DEVOS: I'm not so sure exactly how that happened.

DEVOS: I'm more misunderstood than anything.

Betsy DeVos: I don't know.

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