Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appeared to struggle through parts of an interview with 60 Minutes' Lesley Stahl, which aired Sunday, and was unable to back her own position on educating American children.
After asserting that underperforming public schools do better when "there's a large number of students that opt to go to a different school or schools", DeVos was unable to support her position when Stahl asked about public schools in the Secretary's home state of Michigan:
Stahl: Have the public schools in Michigan gotten better?
DeVos: I don't know -- overall, I can't say overall that they have all gotten better.
Stahl: The whole state is not doing well.
DeVos: Well, there are certainly lots of pockets where the students are doing well.
Stahl: But your argument that if you take funds away, that the schools will get better, is not working in Michigan, where you had a huge impact and influence over the direction of the school system here.
Asked if she has taken the time to investigate why public schools continue to underperform, DeVos indicated she has not:
Stahl: Have you seen the really bad schools? Maybe try to figure out what they're doing?
DeVos: I've not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming.
Stahl: Maybe you should.
DeVos: Maybe I should, yes.