Betsy DeVos, the United States Secretary of Education, testified before e House of Representatives Appropriations subcommittee, in regards to the Department of Education’s 2019 fiscal year budget.
Before touching on what went on in the Tuesday midday meeting, it’s important to keep in mind DeVos’s interview on “60 Minutes” a few weeks ago. She seemingly could not answer the host’s, Lesley Stahl, questions about how well schools were doing in her home state of Michigan. DeVos drew quite a bit of criticism for her performance – or lack thereof.
Wisconsin Democrat Mark Pocan referenced the interview and asked if she had made any progress on meeting schools she had promised to meet. She hadn’t.
Betsy DeVos – the highest political power on education in the United States of America – told Mr. Pocan, “As Secretary [of Education], I have made a point of visiting schools.” DeVos then referenced her plans to visit the worst school in the nation. DeVos continued, “The question is, will they let me in?”
The question implies that she realizes how damning her interview was with CBS News not too long ago. However, simply knowing is far different than actually doing.
Ms. DeVos was also asked during the Tuesday meeting to describe general information about a commission she planned on making regarding school shootings. DeVos claimed it would feature four secretaries from the Cabinet – DeVos included – and would consult experts’ opinions on issues. She claimed that the group’s first meeting would take place in coming weeks.