WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Arne Duncan is facing criticism over reported remarks that seem to dismiss “white suburban moms” for opposing higher academic standards.

Duncan has consistently shown little patience for critics of the Common Core State Standards, being implemented in 45 states and the District of Columbia. But his Friday remarks, as reported by Politico, went a step further and add elements of race and class.

Duncan says “white suburban moms” are surprised when schools they thought were good turn out to have flaws.

The Education Department did not dispute the report.

Reacting to the remarks, conservative columnist Michelle Malkin called Duncan a “bigot.” American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten says Duncan “really doesn’t get it.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney said he hasn’t discussed Duncan’s comments with President Barack Obama.

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