DeVos struggles to answer basic questions on '60 Minutes'.

13 March, 2018, 11:22 | Author: Bert Pena
  • US Education Secretary Betsy De Vos said she will chair a federal commission on school safety

If DeVos was coached to be as vague and non-specific in her answers as possible, she should get rid of the person giving her that advice.

In the tense exchange, correspondent Lesley Stahl questioned whether it's wise to remove funds from public schools and inject them into charter schools, as DeVos had a hand in doing in MI.

Like many things in Trump's administration, this performance was shocking but not surprising.

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association (NEA), the largest professional union in the United States, has said that parents and educators "overwhelmingly reject the idea of arming school staff". Her confirmation hearings past year were an embarrassment.

Stahl also pressed DeVos on the department's approach to complaints related to Title IX, a federal civil rights law that protects people from sex discrimination in education programs and activities. And no amount of preparation could change the fact that her arguments in favor of school choice are complete nonsense.

As this comment suggested, DeVos is, at best, oblivious about race.

Devos has kept a low profile and made few appearances on television until this recent interview. And, given that she is heading up President Donald Trump's new committee aimed at figuring out solutions to curb school violence, it seemed like a perfectly-timed moment for DeVos to (re) introduce herself to the public.

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That appointment came after yet another example of the controversy that has marked her tenure as secretary: a visit by DeVos to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week that was angrily criticized by some students on social media.

To understand how, we need to start with a letter that Sen. Unfortunately for DeVos, we already know what happens when you aggressively defund public schools and try to replace them with barely-regulated, for-profit charter schools, because she fought so hard for that to happen in MI. DeVos isn't just considering ending the policy.

And it might have been had DeVos been able to offer up anything other than benign platitudes and non-answers to every question that Lesley Stahl asked her.

Among experts, this isn't really a subject for debate. "We will impeach the president, '" Trump said in reference to Waters" frequent calls to impeach Trump. "And one falsely accused individual is one too many", DeVos said. She also struggled to answer education questions during her contentious confirmation hearing before the Senate last January. "And there are obviously problems in Detroit - huge problems in Detroit - but the charter schools are doing so much better than the pubic schools there, and I don't think it's fair to blame the problems we see in public schools on these other schools that are doing better'".

The Washington Post gathered data from public school districts with school choice and charter schools and how that impacted students as a whole. That discrepancy alone doesn't necessarily demonstrate discrimination, but there's evidence that students of color are punished differently from white students for the same infractions.

After the school shooting in Florida, Devos is expanding her portfolio. "He called her "an inspired choice" despite bipartisan concern that she was a unsafe, supremely unqualified pick for the position".

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

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