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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a conference call with reporters.

DeVos' "60 Minutes" appearance was widely panned, with CNN contributor Ana Navarro saying she "had not seen a TV interview so cringe-inducing, since Sarah Palin saw Russian Federation from her back yard" and U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., saying that if President Donald Trump wants to "meet someone who has an actual IQ problem", he should look to DeVos.

"In Detroit, for example, students who attend charter schools perform twice as well as their traditional public school counterparts on state achievement tests", she said.

DeVos has become famous as a champion of privatizing education, and she's distinguished herself by enabling campus rapists, undermining civil rights protections and profiteering from the student loan crisis.

Elizabeth Mann, an education expert with the Brookings Institution, said that DeVos' failure to tour struggling schools undermines her credibility as an advocate for the children that they serve. Ok, she's never really held any substantive positions whatsoever, unless you count her being the head of anti-public education groups that she privately funded.

"I don't know. Overall, I - I can't say overall that they have all gotten better", DeVos said, noting that "there are certainly lots of pockets where the students are doing well".

Asked about Devos, White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the focus is on Trump's plan, "not one or two interviews".

In perhaps the most ridiculed segment of her Sunday evening "60 Minutes" interview, DeVos admitted that she does not "intentionally" visit underperforming schools, and said she didn't know if the school choice movement in MI has improved school performance, despite clear evidence that the schools have declined in recent years.

Stahl suggested she should, to which DeVos responded, "Maybe I should". The Trump administration's recent efforts to trim spending are notable because budget increases are so familiar.


"Maybe I should", DeVos said. Stahl asked DeVos on Sunday.

Stahl: Okay. But what about the kids who are back at the school that's not working?

DeVos' passion for school and community choice also transferred into how she views school safety.

Betsy DeVos gives every indication that she is, to borrow President Trump's phrase, a "low-IQ individual". Betsy DeVos: I couldn't believe it when I read it, but you have to admire their candor.

DeVos: Michigan, yes, well, there's lots of great options and choices for students here.

"The reforms are helping, but there's so much more to do", tweeted Ms. DeVos. She comes across as largely out of touch with the problems plaguing the education system in the country.

DeVos continued, "It does come down to individual kids". I don't know. But I'm committed to a process that's fair for everyone involved.

But DeVos' lack of knowledge about the USA education system wasn't the only thing that Ayers zeroed in on. How can she not have an opinion on whether sexual assault and false accusations are the same?

The interview is a painful watch - from beginning to end. If she truly doesn't know the answers to the questions Stahl asked her - or has no opinions about things she absolutely should have opinions on - well, then that is even more worrisome. This follows reports that calls came into the Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line warning about 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz, prior to his shooting and killing 17 people last month at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

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