DeVos pressed about school choice in MI during 60 Minutes interview

US Education Secretary Betsy De Vos said she will chair a federal commission on school safety

Then Stahl switched to Michigan, DeVos's home state, and one that she's spent years trying to make more charter friendly. Asked whether public schools in MI have improved, DeVos answered: "I don't know".

STAHL: Now, has that happened in MI?

The tweet linked to a viral clip of DeVos' much-pilloried Sunday interview on "60 Minutes".

Michigan's public schools struggled before DeVos, but they are an even bigger mess now, with test scores falling and students in charter schools failing to meet the basic standards for reading proficiency.

"Well, there are certainly lots of pockets where the students are doing well", DeVos retorted. DeVos: I don't know.

DeVos: I can't say overall that they have all gotten better.

Stahl: The whole state is not doing well.

While DeVos maintained that addressing gun violence in schools is an urgent matter, noting that she's heading up a task force to observe what states are doing to protect students, Stahl balked, saying "this sounds like talking instead of acting".

Betsy DeVos: Well, we should be funding and investing in students, not in school- school buildings, not in institutions, not in systems. When Stahl pressed her on whether they're the same, DeVos said she wasn't sure.

And it didn't end there.

"You came to our school just for publicity and avoided our questions for the 90 minutes you were actually here".

"Here's what we shared with '60 Minutes, ' which of course they didn't show you: MI, like much of the nation, isn't doing well enough to prepare students".

DeVos: Maybe I should. She was unable to answer what happens to students left in those underperforming schools.

STAHL: Why have you become, people say, the most hated Cabinet secretary? She also struggled to answer education questions during her contentious confirmation hearing before the Senate last January.

The White House is establishing a Federal Commission on School Safety, to be chaired by DeVos, that will explore possible solutions to school shootings.

It's not school safety that's being pushed; it's gun control.

DEVOS: Sometimes it does. "But I'm committed to a process that's fair for everyone involved", she stated.

DEVOS: I'm more misunderstood than anything.

DeVos also said that "one sexual assault is one too many, but "one falsely accused individual is one too many". 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.

This wasn't the first time DeVos faced criticism following an uneven performance at a public forum.

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