Why is she known as the most hated Cabinet secretary?
Not only does DeVos admit that she has not put a priority on visiting underperfoming schools – why not?? – but also capitulates the point entirely to Stahl. The sad part was realizing that she had no clue about the challenges facing public education. “It wasn’t just that interview last night, it was also her two interviews this morning where she couldn’t even defend the administration’s proposals on school safety”. In the midst of criticizing the show for its editorial choices, she reiterated her positions on school choice, offered support for charter schools, and shared a map of all the schools she has visited.
Well, that’s not entirely accurate. If DeVos was coached to be as vague and non-specific in her answers as possible, she should get rid of the person giving her that advice.
“I am hoping that Secretary DeVos gets a handle on this issue and changes her tune, but based on this meeting today, I have no confidence that this commission will be anything other than a tool for continued distraction and safety”, Murray said in a statement.
See video below for an excerpt dealing specifically with MI schools.
During her 60 Minutes interview, DeVos said there were “lots of pockets” in MI where students are doing well, but did not list any specific areas.
Bridge Magazine knows. We’ve been covering the downward slide of the state’s public school system for years. Black public school students are suspended at 3.8 times the rate of white students.
“Inept/offensive answers on struggling district schools, disproportionate discipline, guns, and school choice”, Robin Lake, director of the non-partisan Center on Reinventing Public Education, tweeted. DeVos often seemed at a loss for words as Stahl probed numerous most controversial points in her brief career as secretary: her faux pas about historically black colleges; the rollback of transgender student protections and Title IX sexual assault regulations on campuses; efforts to reduce racial disparities in school discipline.
Generally, we understand that DeVos is uniquely incompetent and extraordinarily tone-deaf.
“I don’t know. Overall, I – I can’t say overall that they have all gotten better”, DeVos said, noting that “there are certainly lots of pockets where the students are doing well”.
In an interview with Lesley Stahl, DeVos couldn’t actually say whether the number of rapes or sexual assaults on school campuses was the same as the number of false accusations, which was the basis for her decision to repeal Obama-era Title IX guidelines for how schools should handle sexual assault allegations.
“They are definitely absorbing the language both verbally and in writing”, Richardson told me in an interview when Jed entered the school in 2013.
Aside from being an out-of-touch ideologue and a wealthy socialite, DeVos has no observable skills to help public education in America. Her confirmation hearings a year ago were an embarrassment.
DeVos doesn’t care about facts. “She should not be in this job”, tweeted Sen. “But American education largely hasn’t”.
Without citing any evidence, Rubio wrote that this guidance “may have contributed to systemic failures” to report the suspected Parkland gunman, Nikolas Cruz, to the police, and asked DeVos to revise it. Ann Coulter made a similar argument in a column published in Breitbart: “Cruz’s criminal acts were intentionally ignored by law enforcement on account of Broward’s much-celebrated “school-to-prison pipeline” reforms”.