DeVos shares data that '60 Minutes' 'didn't show you'
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosMcAuliffe rolls out new ad hitting back at Youngkin on education Biden DOJ tries to shield DeVos from deposition in lawsuit over student loans The long con targeting student survivors of sexual assault MORE on Monday tweeted various pieces of data regarding Michigan's education system after facing criticism following an interview on CBS's "60 Minutes" in which she struggled to answer questions on the subject.

In the first tweet, DeVos shared two charts showing comparative scores in Michigan in reading and mathematics for fourth graders over a span of more than two decades. The two charts show little variation in scores over roughly the last decade.

"Here’s what we shared with '60 Minutes,' which of course they didn’t show you: Michigan, like much of the nation, isn’t doing well enough to prepare students. Scores are stagnant. Students need more options, and we must rethink our approach to education," DeVos said in the tweet.

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"Also missing from '60 Minutes': students at charter schools in Detroit are doing 2x better than their peers. The reforms are helping, but there’s so much more to do. We must help all students be better prepared for strong futures," she continued, tweeting a passage from a story from Michigan Radio.

 

 

 

"I’m fighting every day for every student, in every school – public and private – to have a world-class education. We owe that to our children," she said, tweeting a link to a "Fox and Friends" segment, in which she responds to a HuffPost editorial saying her school choice policy is a "lie."

 

 

 

DeVos's tweets came in response to the "60 Minutes" interview with Leslie Stahl, which went viral and drew criticism on social media from lawmakers and the general public. A school choice advocate who has pushed for more funding for charter or religious schools, DeVos struggled to answer questions regarding the impact her favored policies have had on schools in her home state of Michigan.

“In places where there is a lot of choice that’s been introduced, Florida for example, the studies show that where there’s a large number of students that opt to go to a different school or different schools, the traditional public schools actually, the results get better as well,” DeVos said in the interview. 

“Now, has that happened in Michigan?” Stahl responded. “Have the public schools in Michigan gotten better?”

"I can't say overall that they have all gotten better," DeVos replied, later adding, "I hesitate to talk about all schools in general because schools are made up of individual students attending them."

When DeVos admitted she hadn't "intentionally" visited underperforming schools, Stahl recommended that she do so.

"Maybe I should. Yes," DeVos replied.