Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes.
“Rural Republicans, I think, really are kind of the pivot point in this whole discussion. I believe that anything that pulls anything from public school system rather than improving it is not good policy.”
“This is just another battle in a long history of the culture wars for the Board of Education. Will they go with the culture wars, or will they go with their own teachers and scientists?”
“I’m very hopeful that for the first time in a long long time, the state board of education members will actually listen to the teachers and experts who have done their homework in reviewing the science curriculum standards and have made recommendations.”
“It’s appalling to suggest they have found a so called middle ground on discrimination, we either treat everyone in Texas equally or we don’t. There is no middle ground on that.”
A panel of federal judges, ruling that Texas House redistricting maps in 2011 violated the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act, the third time this year that a federal court has found the Republican-dominated Legislature intentionally diluted minority voting strength.
“The impact of the plan was certainly to reduce minority voting opportunity statewide, resulting in even less proportional representation for minority voters.”