WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — The Education Department is getting social media criticism after misspelling the name of prominent African-American sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois.

In a tweet Sunday from its official account, the department attributes a quotation to “W.E.B. DeBois” — incorrectly spelling the last name with an “E.”

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It immediately drew hundreds of responses mocking the department’s misspelling of the sociologist’s last name, which is correctly spelled Du Bois.

One commenter tweeted: “Looks like @Betsy DeVos is in charge now!” referring to the billionaire GOP donor narrowly confirmed as education secretary last week with a tie-breaker vote by Vice President Mike Pence.

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Others posted quizzical looks from African-American students.

Another tweeted: “Smooth move during #BlackHistoryMonth”

E-mail messages seeking comment from the Education Department were not immediately returned.

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