DeVos Fights Back After Critics Take Aim At '60 Minutes' Interview

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On the subject of arming school teachers, which Trump has recommended, DeVos said she could not imagine her first-grade teacher carrying a gun but said it was one solution and should be considered "for those who are capable".

How bad was it?

It's not school safety that's being pushed; it's gun control.

Well, the students at Stoneman Douglas may want a "variety of things". Whether any of this benefits students or not is still to be determined, but for the time being, the secretary is bumbling her way through just like many of her inexperienced cabinet cohorts. They have been crystal clear about that.

"Now, has that happened in MI?"

DeVos said: "Michigan schools need to do better". 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". DeVos: I don't know.

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

Maybe try to figure out what they're doing?' Stahl asked, continuing to press her.

If I was a boxing referee, I would have stopped this exchange about halfway through. We're in Michigan. This is your home state. And, of course, her support for school choice, as pursued through vouchers and charters. That is what's known in the business as cherry-picking. When asked about schools that are underperforming, DeVos admitted that she hadn't even visited them. There is no doubt about it.

"You came to our school just for publicity and avoided our questions for the 90 minutes you were actually here". DeVos didn't seem to know, and Stahl was quite sure they're doing worse.

CBS News' web account focused on DeVos' visit last week to the high school in Florida where 17 people were shot to death, allegedly by a former student.

'Maybe I should. Yes, ' DeVos responded.

"This is about exactly her purview here, and she couldn't answer those basic questions and she also contradicted herself repeatedly", Collins said.

When pressed by Stahl about institutional racism and for more specifics on why she thinks the rule needs to be rolled back, DeVos twice repeated the "opportunity to learn" line.

DEVOS: Maybe I should. Yes. I think everyone in this segment should have done a little more homework.

DEVOS: Sometimes it does.

In an interview Monday, Devos depicted the plan to be widely bipartisan and the "first step in a more lengthy process". And appears to be voluntarily wearing rose-colored glasses by seeing only the places where everything is going hunky dory.

According to HuffPost, she dedicated almost half of a speech in September 2017 to stories of those wrongly accused of sexual assault, despite numbers showing that the number of rape accusations that are false is so slim.

STAHL: Yeah, but are they the same? DeVos recently changed guidelines from the Department of Education to increase the burden of proof needed in a Title IX investigation. Like, you don't have to necessarily agree with her but at least she should have a thought about all of this, right?

Watch the entire cringeworthy interview here.

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