Betsy DeVos denies Parkland response is just 'talking'

Betsy DeVos denies Parkland response is just 'talking'

Betsy DeVos denies Parkland response is just 'talking'

Arming teachers "should be an option for states and communities to consider", Ms. DeVos told CBS-TV's "60 Minutes" in an interview airing Sunday night. What about those kids? 60 Minutes journalist Lesley Stahl asked DeVos in the interview, pointing out that public schools also haven't flourished under policies she championed.

Now, has that happened in MI? Most of the reading and math scores among students at charter schools in MI are below average and overall academic progress lags behind other states.

MI - yes, well there's lots of great options and choices for students here.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos denied that her response to the Parkland massacre was just "talking" and said that there is a "sense of urgency" in combating mass shootings.

Uh, I don't know.

The whole state is not doing well.

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Again asked point blank if the schools in MI, where DeVos hails from and has long advocated school choice, had improved, she said she did not know.

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".

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

Prominent students at the school have advocated for stricter regulations on weapons such as the AR-15 that shooter Nikolas Cruz used against their classmates, and criticized DeVos for a short visit where she did not answer their questions.

Have you seen the really bad schools and maybe try to figure out what they're doing?

DeVos then tried to counteract with a point that there are "pockets" where some schools have gotten better, but then revealed she has "not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming".

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