In an interview aired Sunday on CBS's 60 Minutes, DeVos struggled to explain how diverting money from underperforming schools to fund charter schools improved public education in her home state of MI.
Stahl challenged her argument there were "lots of pockets" where students were doing well, telling DeVos: "Your argument that if you take funds away that the schools will get better is not working in MI, where you had a huge impact and influence over the direction of the school system here".
Naturally, DeVos found it hard to answer the question, but Colbert said the answer is simple: "It's because she follows a system called 'stupid'".
Lawmakers and other critics seized upon the "60 Minutes" interview as further evidence that DeVos is the antithesis of what Americans should expect from the head of the Department of Education.
"You know how it is", Colbert added. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) argued earns her the title "worst Secretary of Education this country has ever seen"-President Donald Trump placed DeVos in charge of the new Federal Commission on School Safety, which is set to explore possible "solutions" to school shootings, including arming teachers". Poor kids? Egg on my face ...
On Twitter on Monday, DeVos said she shared data with "60 Minutes" showing students need more schooling options nationwide and the show chose to ignore it.
"In Detroit, for example, students who attend charter schools perform twice as well as their traditional public school counterparts on state achievement tests", she said. "We must help all students be better prepared for strong futures".