DeVos Has Not ‘Intentionally’ Visited a Struggling Michigan Public School


Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, before a news conference in Coral Springs, Florida, last week.

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WASHINGTON — In a remarkable admission, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a television interview on Sunday which she has not “intentionally” visited public schools in Michigan which are struggling along with also underperforming.

President Trump’s top education advocate was responding to a question during an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” about whether she had seen the struggling schools in her home state of Michigan, considered among the worst inside the country.

“I have not — I have not — I have not intentionally visited schools which are underperforming,” said Ms. DeVos, a billionaire philanthropist who has pumped millions of dollars into Michigan to promote school choice along with also vouchers for private along with also parochial schools.

School choice is usually the centerpiece of Ms. DeVos’s education platform. She has spent most of her professional life fighting for loosening the federal government’s grip on public education while promoting parochial along with also charter schools in Michigan — many of which her family has bankrolled.

Michigan’s charter school initiatives have not yielded consistently strong results across the state. In a 2016 report by the Education Trust-Midwest, the state’s elementary along with also secondary school system was among the weakest inside the country along with also continuing to decline.

“Michigan schools need to do better. There is usually no doubt about the item,” Ms. DeVos said inside the interview.

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