Donald Trump's administration will step up aid to states that want to arm school employees, officials said Sunday under a plan to increase campus safety after the killing of 17 people in Florida.
STAHL: Why take away money from that school that's not working - to bring them up to a level where they are, that school is working?
DeVos' spokeswoman Liz Hill said that the secretary's focus was on promoting successful innovation, including in traditional public schools. Collins and Tapper both noted how DeVos has struggled with answering these types of questions before, and Collins pointed out that DeVos was struggling to answer questions about the most fundamental aspects of her department. Pressed by CBS's Lesley Stahl to explain why the so-called "school choice" model she has championed has produced such poor results in her home state of Michigan-where DeVos spent millions on the expansion of charter initiatives and other privatization schemes-the education secretary couldn't muster much of a response.
STAHL: Now, has that happened in MI?
"And yet, with all of this "choice, ' the state of public education in MI has not improved".
"Well, there are certainly pockets where this - the students are doing well", DeVos said.
A longtime proponent of choice, DeVos stumbled through her answer when asked how such efforts had worked to improve the public schools in her home state of MI.
"I don't know, I don't know", she said.
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".
"The whole state is not doing well", Stahl pushed.
DeVos said that she was "frustrated" that Stahl neglected to ask her about any of her "really good ideas" for the nation's schools, such as "purchasing guns for teachers with money that is now being wasted on books".
Stahl persisted. "I have not intentionally visited the schools that are underperforming", DeVos answered.
The wife of Amway executive Dick DeVos and wealthy in her own right, Betsy DeVos is a former two-time state Republican Party chairwoman in MI.
A variety of recent studies have shown school in MI lagging behind in a a number of educational measures, so that much isn't in doubt. DeVos went on to explain that arming teachers "should be an option" and that she feels a sense of urgency in the subject.
DeVos: I have not, I have not. "Unfortunately, DeVos answered the questions as they were asked, rather than articulating her own philosophy and beliefs".
DEVOS: Sometimes it does.
"Arguably, all of these issues or all of this issue comes down to individual kids", Devos said, to which Stahl replied, "Well, no ... it's not".
"I'm a constituent who supports you, but I don't think calling anyone "dumber than a bag of hammers" is productive or becoming of a Congressman, no matter what", wrote Kirsten Gardner.
STAHL: Do you ever say. She has proposed massive cuts in public education funding, and wants to shift billions to private, parochial and charter schools. DeVos, saying that too many men were falsely accused, set new rules making it harder for accusers to prove their accusations. "But I'm committed to a process that's fair for everyone involved".