Critics took to social media to lambaste DeVos - a MI billionaire who never attended or sent her children to a public school - for stumbling over some of her answers about basic education issues.
Stahl: Okay. But what about the kids who are back at the school that's not working? "She can not separate herself from the idea that everything is about individual kids and that she doesn't want to look at things like the overrepresentation of black kids in expulsion rates or in detention rates... she doesn't want to look at that because she's all about that individual, but that's a lie of monstrous proportions and it perpetuates a white supremacist school system which we need to oppose". What about those kids? This follows reports that calls came into the Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line warning about 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz, prior to his shooting and killing 17 people last month at a high school in Parkland, Florida. In fact, we've compiled the most important K-12 education metrics into a quickie issue guide: Michigan's K-12 performance dropping at an alarming rate.
The Washington Post gathered data from public school districts with school choice and charter schools and how that impacted students as a whole.
"Also missing from @60Minutes: students at charter schools in Detroit are doing 2x better than their peers".
"I can't say overall that they have all gotten better", DeVos conceded. "I think they are teaching first grade at a second grade level-they are teaching one grade ahead".
Stahl's question presupposed that the option to choose a different school is directly responsible for the decline of public schools overall. Because not every family has those means, she said, "I am fighting for the parents who don't have those choices". Now, she's being tasked with leading a commission on school violence.
Instead, she said she didn't know, not only erasing the good from her Florida example, but sowing doubts about her knowledge on the topic in general.
Elizabeth Mann, an education expert with the Brookings Institution, said that DeVos' failure to tour struggling schools undermines her credibility as an advocate for the children that they serve.
Of course, DeVos knows that Michigan's not doing well. "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". At one point, she told Democrat Sen. That was on display during DeVos's painful confirmation hearing previous year, in which she was unable to answer simple questions about education, and, incredibly, suggested that teachers be armed to protect students from grizzly bears.
DeVos conceded that she has never "intentionally visited" underperforming schools in her home state of MI, where she spent decades promoting school privatization.
DeVos failed to advance an argument. The "60 Minutes" correspondent noted that MI schools were not doing well.
"Have you seen the really bad schools?"
The "60 Minutes" interview was spectacular because DeVos simply admitted that she had intentionally not visited underperforming schools to figure out how to help them.
In a "60 Minutes" interview, DeVos said that she had not visited any underperforming schools during her tenure as secretary.
"I feel very fortunate to be able to live in [her city] and to be able to take advantage of this opportunity", she says.
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.
"Maybe I should. Yes".
DeVos rarely gives interviews outside outlets like conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.
"I'm not so sure how exactly that happened", DeVos responded in the interview, which aired Sunday night on CBS. Both she and "60 Minutes" are known quantities, and DeVos accepted the interview.