Education Secretary DeVos gives cringeworthy interview to '60 Minutes'

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"Your argument that if you take funds away that the schools will get better, is not working in MI where you had a huge impact and influence over the direction of the school system here", Stahl said.

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The Education Secretary has also sparked opposition for leading the "school choice" movement that moves funds away from traditional public schools in favor of alternatives such as charters, but did not have answers when pressed by 60 Minutes about why the policies have not led to higher test scores in her home state of MI.

"We really need to focus on prevention and identifying risks early on, and that starts with addressing social and emotional well-being and increasing access and consistency and transparency to mental health services", DeVos said.

"We have invested billions and billions and billions of dollars from the federal level, and we have seen zero results", she said.

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

"Why take away money from that school that's not working?"

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STAHL: Now, has that happened in MI? DeVos: Well, there are certainly lots of pockets where this - the students are doing well and -Stahl: No, but your argument that if you take funds away that the schools will get better, is not working in MI where you had a huge impact and influence over the direction of the school system here.

Lesley Stahl: Have you seen the really bad schools?

DeVos, who is expected to be appointed as the head of a new commission on school safety today, sought to avoid confronting student demands for tighter gun control after the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

On the task force's agenda is the repeal of 2014 Obama administration discipline guidance, the White House said in a press release.

And asked about arming teachers and if they should wear their guns openly or hide them, DeVos refused to answer, deferring, as she often does with any policy, by saying, "this is an issue that is best decided by local communities and by states". "Communities should have the tools, states should have the tool, but nobody should be mandated to do it".

Stahl noted that the school's students criticized DeVos's visit, accusing her of seeking publicity and avoiding their questions.

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