Betsy DeVos Says Teachers Shouldn't Be Armed With Assault Weapons

Betsy DeVos Says Teachers Shouldn't Be Armed With Assault Weapons

Even before becoming Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos has been one of America's most influential proponents of so-called "school choice".

Asked if she thought that action suggested that false accusations of rape were as common as actual attacks, DeVos said: "I don't know, I don't know".

Rubio referred to a 2014 Barack Obama-era directive, known as the Dear Colleague Letter on the Nondiscriminatory Administration of School Discipline, meant to address the so-called school-to-prison pipeline, in which disadvantaged students are funneled into the criminal justice system for misbehaving at school.

The federal commission will include local, federal, and school officials and will be charged with making recommendations to Trump for how to best avoid future school shootings.

But this isn't true in Michigan - Devos's home state. Test results from the NAEP, known as the Nation's Report Card, offer the most reliable, cross-state comparisons of academic achievement. But if MI is like the rest of the country, test scores for 12th graders are probably pretty flat. The data is jumpy, but in both math and reading the 2015 scores are below the 2005 scores.

There's just one problem.

MI spent almost $80 million over the past three years to improve third-grade reading scores, yet scores went down.

NationofChange is a nonprofit organization, and this website is funded by readers like you. She believes, or claims to believe, that school choice makes all students perform better.

DeVos attempted to use the interview to push school choice and promote private or charter schools over public schools, but when questioned about the merits of that push, DeVos couldn't give any answers.

"Maybe you should", Stahl said.

Stahl: Have the public schools in MI gotten better? There may be other benefits for students taking advantage of school of choice policies, such as perceived safety or social issues, but improved learning isn't necessarily one of them.

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"I can't say overall they've all gotten better", DeVos said.

Compared to the educational gains that charter students would have had in a traditional public school (TPS), the analysis shows that, on average, students in MI charter schools make larger learning gains in both reading and mathematics.

"She's a low IQ individual", Trump said. She was ridiculed a year ago after suggesting at her confirmation hearing in the Senate that some schools needed guns to protect students from grizzly bears.

Economically disadvantaged: 35 percent to 29 percent.

DeVos: Michigan schools need to do better, there is no doubt about it.

Studies have found poor performance, particularly in Detroit. In some districts, students were in effect falling more than a year behind their peers in neighboring districts.

Stahl questioned DeVos on her decades of philanthropic intervention in the school system in MI, where her family has promoted a free market approach to school choice, including for-profit operators of charter schools that receive taxpayer funding. And I hesitate to think of, like, my first-grade teacher, Mrs. Zorhoff, I couldn't ever imagine her having a gun and being trained in that way, ' DeVos said. "Have you tried to figure out what they're doing?"

Ms. DeVos later released a map of her 60 school visits taken in her first year of office, noting that majority were traditional public schools.

'Maybe you should, ' volunteered Stahl.

"Maybe I should", said DeVos.

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