DeVos struggles to answer basic questions about schools in her home state

Education Secretary Betsy De Vos defended the administration's response to school shootings

Education Secretary Betsy De Vos defended the administration's response to school shootings

We're in MI - it's your home state.

DeVos was a controversial cabinet pick for President Donald Trump, and advocates for increasing school choices rather than investing more in existing schools.

Stahl then asked if the public schools in MI have gotten better, which caused DeVos to stumble over her words.

"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".

Guthrie went on to continue grilling DeVos over the White House plan to arm teachers in schools, even asking whether teachers should carry assault weapons, "because presumably they may face assault weapons". She proposes expansion of that system and has pushed for it in MI for decades.

But Stahl notes that the secretary's "argument that if you take funds away that the schools will get better, is not working in MI where (she) had a huge impact and influence over the direction of the school system here".

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Last week, DeVos was roundly criticized by students and teachers for not answering their questions when she visited the school in Parkland.

DeVos had a contentious visit to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week.


"Well, one sexual assault is one too many, and one falsely accused individual is one too many", DeVos said on CBS's "60 Minutes".

"Well, we should be funding and investing in students, not in school, school buildings, not in institutions, not in systems", said DeVos.

An investigative series on charter schools by the Orlando Sentinel late previous year showed that charter schools in Florida were raking in $1 billion in scholarships but with little oversight of how they operate.

But what about the kids who are back at the school that's not working?

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