The Week in Quotes (Jan. 22 – 28)

Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.

Kristin Tassin, president of the Fort Bend ISD board of trustees, on private school voucher proposals at the Texas Legislature.

Instead of offering money to leave public schools, I suggest leaders focus efforts on changing the culture in Texas to include and educate all students by creating policies that foster an inclusive educational environment.


Texas state Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, on a bill he filed that would criminalize abortion.

Right now, it’s real easy. Right now, they don’t make it important to be personally responsible because they know that they have a backup of “oh, I can just go get an abortion.”


TFN President Kathy Miller, responding to a so-called “school choice” rally at which Gov. Greg Abbott called private school voucher schemes a “civil rights issue.”

Vouchers, by any name, are a scheme that strips critical funds from public schools and gives a discount to individuals who can already afford private school, and all at taxpayer expense and with zero accountability. Democrats and Republicans in Texas have come together to defeat vouchers in every legislative session since 1995. It’s time state leaders drop their pursuit of vouchers and instead focus on giving our public schools and the children of Texas the resources they need to succeed.


Mark Chancey, a TFN board member and professor at Southern Methodist University, on proposed legislation in Kentucky to create a Bible course for public high schools.

We want to take (the texts) seriously as sources from that time period without treating them uncritically as straightforward history. That’s a delicate dance because the minute teachers begin treating the Bible as straightforward, completely unproblematic history, they’ve slipped into making theological claims.


Imam Yasir Fazaga of the Islamic Center of Brushy Creek, on a letter from Republican state Rep. Kyle Biedermann asking Texas Muslims to sign a loyalty oath.

The best way to overcome all of this is to get to know one another. We will not be intimidated by this tactic.