November 18th, 2013
03:25 PM ET
9 months ago

Education Sec. Duncan under fire for comment about 'white suburban moms'

Washington (CNN) - Proving once again that any controversy will be intensified - if not illuminated - by random references to race, class, and gender, Education Secretary Arne Duncan has ignited a storm of protest by noting opposition from "white suburban moms" to one of his prized educational initiatives.

In a meeting with state education chiefs Friday, Duncan said some opposition to the Common Core State Standards - a controversial effort to standardize education - has come from parents displeased that test results have exposed local weaknesses. Duncan said he found it "fascinating" that opponents include "white suburban moms who - all of a sudden - (discovered that) their child isn't as bright as they thought they were, and their school isn't quite as good as they thought they were."

Duncan apologzied Monday afternoon for the remark.

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