White House to help arm school staff

White House to help arm school staff

White House to help arm school staff

DeVos believes the key to improving public school districts is competition with private and charter schools, and so she supports redirecting taxpayer dollars away from districts for each child whose parents choose to pull them from the public system.

"We are studying that rule", she told correspondent Lesley Stahl.

In case anyone needed a reminder of this, DeVos's March 11 appearance on CBS's 60 Minutes was cringeworthy proof that DeVos is barely treading educational water. "Scores are stagnant. Students need more options, and we must rethink our approach to education", DeVos tweeted.

DeVos: Well, there are certainly lots of pockets where the students are doing well.

When pushed by Stahl to answer if the numbers between false accusations and assaults were the same, however, DeVos said she didn't know.

DeVos challenged, "I hesitate to talk about all schools in general, because schools are made up of individuals schools attending them".

Maybe try to figure out what they're doing?' Stahl asked, continuing to press her.

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

Stahl: Have public schools in MI gotten better?

And it didn't end there. Stahl pressed her, asking, "Yeah, but are they the same?"

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

"Maybe I should, yes".

"I don't think assault weapons carried in schools carried by any school personnel is the appropriate thing", DeVos said.

'Maybe you should, ' volunteered Stahl.

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.

DEVOS: I'm not so sure exactly how that happened. But I think there are a lot of really powerful forces allied against change.

DEVOS: Sometimes it does.

STAHL: They want gun control.

The White House is establishing a Federal Commission on School Safety, to be chaired by DeVos, that will explore possible solutions to school shootings. "But I'm committed to a process that's fair for everyone involved", she stated.

Campus sexual assault advocates lambasted DeVos' rescinding of the "Dear Colleague" letter, saying it showed DeVos' commitment to rapists over rape survivors.

Last January, DeVos struggled with some basic questions in her Senate confirmation hearing, and she has kept a relatively low media profile ever since. Several survivors' rights groups have since sued DeVos over her decision.

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