Betsy DeVos Struggles To Answer Simple Questions In '60 Minutes' Interview

Education Secretary Betsy De Vos on CBS’s “60 Minutes” television show on Sunday

Education Secretary Betsy De Vos on CBS’s “60 Minutes” television show on Sunday

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was interviewed on 60 Minutes Sunday night and the reviews seem universal: Leslie Stahl knows more about schools than DeVos.

She did say she doesn't think school personnel should have assault weapons, but it's an issue that is "best decided at the local level", leaving the door open ever so slightly.

She was also confronted about the fact that she has not yet bothered to visit a failing public school in her home state of MI, to perhaps better understand the issues faced.

STAHL: The public schools here are doing worse than they did.

"We really need to focus on prevention and identifying risks early on, and that starts with addressing social and emotional well-being and increasing access and consistency and transparency to mental health services", DeVos said.

DeVos has been placed by the President atop a commission to look at school violence after 17 students and faculty were killed last month in Florida.

DeVos, a former Republican Party chairwoman in MI, has been active in school reform efforts in the state for decades.

A "wide array of practitioners", including teachers, will be on the commission, she said, and will seek to identify best practices that are already working in states.

DeVos replied, "I would probably use different language myself", before calling on adults to serve as good examples.

Country singer Tim McGraw collapses during performance
Both he and his wife, Faith, thanked everyone for attending their concert and can not wait to see their Irish fans again soon. McGraw's wife, singer Faith Hill, was seen in a video on a fan's Instagram page saying: "He's been super dehydrated".

Lesley Stahl: No, but your argument that if you take funds away that the schools will get better, is not working in MI where you had a huge impact and influence over the direction of the school system here.

DeVos: I hesitate to talk about all schools in general because schools are made up of individual students attending them. There is no doubt about it.

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. Maybe try to figure out what they're doing?

"I have not, I have not, I have not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming", DeVos said.

DeVos: Maybe I should.

DEVOS: Sometimes it does.

DeVos, who supports "school choice", could not provide evidence that the policy helps students.

STAHL: 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? "But I'm committed to a process that's fair for everyone involved".

Latest News