“Well, in places where there have been, where there is, a lot of choice that’s been introduced — Florida, for example — the studies show that when 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 during an interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes, which aired Sunday.
However, DeVos was unable to explain exactly why the public schools in Michigan, the Education Secretary’s home state, had not seen any marked improvement when funding had actually been dispersed elsewhere.
“I don’t know. Overall, I can’t say overall that they have all gotten better,” DeVos said. “I hesitate to talk about all schools in general because schools are made up of individual students attending them.”
DeVos added that she had “not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming.”
School choice is the term used for permitting parents to have their children attend schools outside of the district in which they reside. This choice can result in parents choosing to send their children to an entirely different public school district, a charter school, or a private school.
Results of the 2017 analysis from the National Assessment of Education Progress has shown that students in Michigan had continued to make the least amount of improvement since 2003, according to local news media.
On Sunday, the White House announced that DeVos would be in charge of overseeing the Federal Commission on School Safety, which was called upon in response to Parkland, Florida’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.
DeVos said that arming teachers with concealed handguns was a considerable option for states and communications “to consider.”
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Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos struggles to answer fairly basic questions on school performance on 60 Minutes pic.twitter.com/lFVq3USwUW
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