Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stumbles during '60 Minutes' interview

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She's not likely to grant many interviews after last night.

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?

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

The schools were so weakly regulated, the investigation found, some hired teachers who did not have college degrees and made false fire-safety and health records. What about those kids?

Todd's NBC colleague Savannah Guthrie pressed DeVos on the President's remarks during an interview Monday, asking, "I wonder, as the education secretary, who's in charge of what our kids learn, what do you think of that kind of language?"

Stahl pointed out that's happened in MI, where the entire state's school system is struggling.

During an exchange with host Lesley Stahl that quickly went viral, DeVos was unable to explain how her plan would benefit students in struggling schools, and admitted she's never "intentionally visited schools that are underperforming".

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

"Have the public schools in MI gotten better?"

"Maybe I should, yes", DeVos responded.

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"I don't know. Overall, I, I can't say overall that they have all gotten better", she said.

Stahl asked, referencing DeVos' home state.

"Maybe you should", Stahl suggested.

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

Public schools in the states are struggling as well.

DeVos eventually acknowledged that public schools in MI need to do better. There is no doubt about it. You could see why she rarely gives interviews. Maybe try to figure out what they're doing?

A senior official said that there are already "a multitude of programs that exist across the country where school personnel are trained in conjunction with state or local law enforcement", noting that the administration is "working with the Department of Justice to continue and increase the amount of help" for such initiatives.

DeVos on Sunday said she wasn't sure why many Americans dislike her so much, musing that she is "more misunderstood than anything".

DEVOS: Sometimes it does.

DEVOS: I'm more misunderstood than anything. "But I'm committed to a process that's fair for everyone involved".

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