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Education chief DeVos admits she doesn't know how MI schools are performing

12 March 2018

Later, Guthrie grilled DeVos on Trump's harebrained proposal of arming teachers, which is included in his school safety proposal, however the education secretary didn't have much in the way of details.

Todd's NBC colleague Savannah Guthrie pressed DeVos on the President's remarks during an interview Monday, asking, "I wonder, as the education secretary, who's in charge of what our kids learn, what do you think of that kind of language? We're in MI - this is your home state".

DeVos eventually acknowledged that public schools in MI need to do better. Her efforts have not coincided with improved outcomes for students.

DEVOS: Well, we should be funding and investing in students, not in school, school buildings, not in institutions, not in systems.

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

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"Michigan has fared poorly in several educational measures in recent years", The Detroit News adds.

Stahl pointed out that's happened in MI, where the entire state's school system is struggling.

On Sunday's 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl asked DeVos whether she believes there are as many false accusations as there are actual rapes and assaults on college campuses.The Education Department announced in September that it would rescind the Obama administration's 2011 guidelines about sexual assault on campus, directing colleges to give more benefit of the doubt to the accused.

"I don't know. Overall, I, I can't say overall that they have all gotten better", she said.

"The administration will be working with states to provide rigorous firearms training to specifically qualified volunteer school personnel", the presidential assistant and director of the Domestic Policy Council, Andrew Bremberg said.

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"We are committed to working quickly because there's no time to waste", said DeVos, who will chair a federal commission on school safety.

"Maybe you should", Stahl suggested.

Betsy DeVos: I hesitate to talk about all schools in general because schools are made up of individual students attending them.

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.

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

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DEVOS: I'm not so sure exactly how that happened.

Education chief DeVos admits she doesn't know how MI schools are performing