Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos gave her first network interview on Sunday, June 9, on “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly,” though it was short.
The head of the U.S. Department of Education has remained relatively hidden from the media, but her appearance on Megyn Kelly’s show changed that trend slightly. DeVos appeared on the program for a short interview regarding her thoughts on charter schools.
DeVos, who has long been a strong supporter of charter schools, maintained that position on Sunday night. NBC Correspondent Craig Melvin asked Secretary DeVos the following, “Critics have said that [charter school] successes have come at the expense of neighborhood schools. Are you OK with that?”
DeVos responded, “Actually, I think schools like this are really great examples of schools that are meeting the needs of kids that haven’t fit in elsewhere. Instead of talking about schools and school buildings, we should be talking about funding students and investing in individual schools.”
For DeVos, it was a short appearance in which she stuck to her talking points and reaffirmed her position on charter schools in the U.S.
DeVos has been one of the most controversial cabinet members in the Trump administration, but her lack of media appearances has kept her relatively sheltered. According to the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, it took DeVos three months to hire a spokesman to field interviews and other press requests. Further, after five months at her post, DeVos has yet to speak with reporters covering the Department of Education or take their questions at speaking appearances.
LendEDU has covered the controversy surrounding Secretary DeVos extensively, who narrowly made it through the confirmation process after a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence.
During her confirmation hearings, DeVos inaccurately stated that outstanding student loan debt has increased by 980 percent since 2008. Last month, Senator Elizabeth Warren launched “DeVos Watch,” a watchdog project aimed at monitoring every move DeVos makes in her handling of the federal student loan program and the Department of Education as a whole.
More recently, Secretary DeVos ran into some bad press when it was discovered that her pick to lead the Federal Student Aid program was the current CEO of a private student loan company. Also, 18 attorneys general from various states and Washington D.C. filed a lawsuit against DeVos last week after she froze the borrower defense rules last month.
Author: Dave Rathmanner
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