But DeVos, a West Michigan native and billionaire philanthropist, faced tough questioning from Stahl about how choice has impacted students in traditional public schools, which are left with fewer dollars and resources when children leave to go elsewhere. DeVos has championed school choice proposals which take funds away from underperforming public schools and invest in charter and private schools.
'Have the public schools in MI gotten better?' Stahl asked her during one exchange.
The controversial cabinet member from MI had trouble explaining poor school performance in her home state despite her own multi-million contributions to programs that support vouchers for public as well as private and religious schools.
DeVos said the United States has comparatively stagnated with test scores, pivoting again to school choice as the solution.
As the Trump administration pushes to address the issue of school violence, DeVos contended that she sees herself as a "leader in this subject", as demonstrated by her request to "head up a task force that will really look at what states are doing".
Devos said she will head a commission created to explore ways to protect schools from gun violence, and push for a broader approach to deal with the problem. According to HuffPost, she dedicated almost half of a speech in September 2017 to stories of those wrongly accused of sexual assault, despite numbers showing that the number of rape accusations that are false is so slim.
DeVos: I don't know.
"We are committed to working quickly because there's no time to waste", said Ms. DeVos, who will chair a federal commission on school safety.
DeVos struggled to explain how her plan would benefit students, particularly those in disadvantaged schools.
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.
Michigan's public schools struggled before DeVos, but they are an even bigger mess now, with test scores falling and students in charter schools failing to meet the basic standards for reading proficiency. Several survivors' rights groups have since sued DeVos over her decision.
Compared to the educational gains that charter students would have had in a traditional public school (TPS), the analysis shows that, on average, students in MI charter schools make larger learning gains in both reading and mathematics. We're in MI, your home state.
DEVOS: I'm not so sure exactly how that happened.
It's easy to give DeVos grief for not being better prepared, but that's not entirely fair. So, if you're going to argue that school choice has made public schools better, you had had better find a whole hell of a lot better spin that "I don't know".
Erin Tuttle, a parent activist from IN and a co-author of the book Deconstructing the Administrative State: The Fight for Liberty, notes to Breitbart News, "As Secretary of Education, it's DeVos's job to make the case to the American people on the need to reverse the Obama-era guidance on school discipline policies referenced by Stahl". Did she never think before this interview that visiting poor performing schools might be a good idea? DeVos refused to say such a discrepancy is wrong: "Arguably, all of these issues or all of this issue comes down to individual kids".