Friday, 17 August, 2018

Betsy DeVos mocked for messy '60 Minutes' interview

DeVos There is an ‘urgency’ in solving gun violence Modal Trigger Getty Images
Jay Anderson | 13 March, 2018, 11:22

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.

MI is the only state with a decline in third-grade math. When asked if MI schools have gotten better as a result of her plans, DeVos answers that she doesn't know.

"The whole state is not doing well", Stahl said.

So on 60 Minutes, CBS' Lesley Stahl obviously asked DeVos about the MI public school system, which is one of the worst in the country.

DeVos' comments come not long after the White House unveiled a set of proposals to address gun and school safety. We need to ensure that all students have an opportunity to learn in a safe and nurturing environment.

Lesley Stahl: Okay. But what about the kids who are back at the school that's not working?

DeVos: Well, there are certainly lots of pockets where the students are doing well.

DeVos struggled to explain how her plan would benefit students, particularly those in disadvantaged schools. Collins and Tapper both noted how DeVos has struggled with answering these types of questions before, and Collins pointed out that DeVos was struggling to answer questions about the most fundamental aspects of her department. "We owe that to our children", she wrote. She has been a firm advocate of school choice as part of her education platform. She would not commit to continuing to require that the data be submitted.




Eden explains to Breitbart News how DeVos should have responded to these questions. "They just got the numbers wrong". "Things are moving rapidly on this, but not much political support (to put it mildly)", the president tweeted Monday.

They will examine "the issue of age for purchasing firearms" and related matters before making recommendations to the President, the senior administration official said. After taking office, she described historically black universities and colleges, founded in response to segregation, as "pioneers when it comes to school choice". Her refusal to acknowledge racial discrimination in schools during her 60 Minutes interview has cemented that reputation. She appeared to be unfamiliar with the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, a federal civil rights law.

DeVos is also debating ending Obama-era guidance that tried to "avoid and remedy discriminatory discipline" in classrooms. "But again, I think this is an issue that is best decided at the local level by communities and by states".

"Maybe you should", Stahl suggested.

"But are they the same?"

The wife of Amway executive Dick DeVos and wealthy in her own right, Betsy DeVos is a former two-time state Republican Party chairwoman in MI. How can she not have an opinion on whether sexual assault and false accusations are the same? It's also important to note that the majority of sexual assaults are never even reported to authorities.

'Yeah, but are they the same?' the interviewer pressed.

Lily Eskelsen García, president of the NEA, the teachers lobby, said last month that "bringing more guns into our schools does nothing to protect our students and educators from gun violence".

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