Education secretary pushes back on arming school personnel with assault-style weapons


And asked about arming teachers and if they should wear their guns openly or hide them, DeVos refused to answer, deferring, as she often does with any policy, by saying, "this is an issue that is best decided by local communities and by states". Most of the reading and math scores among students at charter schools in MI are below average and overall academic progress lags behind other states.

Stahl: The whole state is not doing well.

"Well, we should be funding and investing in students, not in school, school buildings, not in institutions, not in systems", said DeVos. In response, DeVos said that she gives "a lot of credit to the students there for really raising their voices". Facing questions about her school choice advocacy from Stahl, DeVos cited a Florida study that she claims shows that the voucher system does improve the public schools that children flee.

"Have the public schools in MI gotten better?" asked correspondent Lesley Stahl.

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"I would probably use different language myself", DeVos said.

Betsy DeVos: Michigan schools need to do better.

DeVos: I hesitate to talk about all schools in general because schools are made up of individual students attending them. When Stahl stated that the students want gun control, DeVos answered that "they want a variety of things, they want solutions".

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"We have invested billions and billions and billions of dollars from the federal level, and we have seen zero results", she said - a statement Stahl challenged.

Grilled by CBS' Lesley Stahl on a number of issues, DeVos clung to her belief in creating more schooling options for families rather than spending money to improve existing public schools.

"Do you think they should be able to, teachers, should be able to carry assault weapons since presumably they may face assault weapons?"

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"Maybe I should, yes", DeVos responded.