Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he regrets his "clumsy phrasing" in singling out white suburban moms for opposing new higher academic standards.
In a statement released Monday, Duncan defended the sentiment that parents need to realize schools aren't performing as well as they think - but said that applies to all parents, not just suburban moms.
Duncan faced criticism from conservatives, parents and teachers unions over his Friday remarks about critics of the Common Core State Standards. The remarks were reported by Politico.
Duncan has consistently shown little patience for critics of the standards being implemented in 45 states and the District of Columbia. But his comments went a step further and added elements of race and class.
He says he regretted the remarks, but did not apologize for them.
Tonight in the Daily Pulse we're wondering: Do you agree with Education Secretary Duncan that schools are underperforming? Yes or no? Why or why not?