DeVos shares data that 60 Minutes 'didn't show you'

DeVos shares data that 60 Minutes 'didn't show you'

Now, that criticism is resurfacing after DeVos faltered when asked about campus sexual assault in a new interview with 60 Minutes.

How are MI schools doing?

"I give a lot of credit to the students for raising their voices", DeVos told Stahl.

Stahl spoke for many when she responded, "your argument that is you take funds away, the schools will get better, is not working in MI, where you have a huge impact and influence over the direction of the school system here".

DeVos, however, did not seem concerned by that prospect.

Lesley Stahl: Have the public schools in MI gotten better? The real issue is that other countries are outpacing the United States at their rate of improvement.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks to the news during a press conference held at the Heron Bay Marriott about her visit to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on March 7, 2018, in Coral Springs, Fla.

On its surface, this could nearly come off as insightful.

Since DeVos has taken office it has been clear her priorities are funding private education. Likewise, weak school infrastructure can lead to weak academic performance.

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DeVos: I don't know.

Stahl questioned DeVos on her decades of philanthropic intervention in the school system in MI, where her family has promoted a free market approach to school choice, including for-profit operators of charter schools that receive taxpayer funding. Then, DeVos admitted she didn't know if that happened in her home state of MI, where she has long advocated for such programs.

Since 1993, MI has been home to the lowest test score gains in the nation, according to the National Assessment of Education Progress. However, DeVos thinks those numbers are not necessarily reflective of her strategy.

Stahl asked: "Have you seen the really bad schools?"

DeVos advocates removing federal mandates, restoring local control and putting the government on the side of encouraging innovation, especially in failed school systems, that, yes, includes private, parochial and charter schools.

This pretty much speaks for itself.

Devos said she will head a commission created to explore ways to protect schools from gun violence, and push for a broader approach to deal with the problem. Neither the Congressman nor the Department of Education could be reached for comment.

In the "60 Minutes" interview, DeVos said that she believes teachers having guns in the classroom "should be an option for states and communities to consider".