I made a mistake. When Betsy DeVos sent written testimony about the remarkable graduation rates of virtual schools, I said she lied.

Let’s say she offered “alternate facts.”

She listed several virtual schools where she said the graduation rate exceeded 90%.


They’re wrong.

The Nevada Virtual Academy, for example. Its graduation rate for the class of 2015 wasn’t 100 percent. It was 63 percent, according to Nevada’s own school report card.

Ohio Virtual Academy’s 92 percent graduation rate? Try 53 percent.

Utah Virtual Academy’s 96 percent rate? Cut it in half.

You get the point.

Where did DeVos get these inflated numbers? Questions to the Trump administration went unanswered, but they appear to have been lifted verbatim from this report by K12 Inc., the for-profit company behind the online schools listed. DeVos herself was once an investor. It would not be the first of her answers to senators that appear to have been borrowed without citation.

None of it was true. NPR says it was a mistake.

So, Okay, I apologize. She didn’t lie. Betsy DeVos misspoke. She made a mistake. Has she corrected her error? I don’t think so.