Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes.
House Public Education Committee Chairman Dan Huberty to a crowd of school administrators at a panel at the University of Texas at Austin. He told the crowd he plans to restart the conversation on school finance in the July-August special session after the Senate and House hit a stalemate on the issue during the regular session.
“There’s nothing more offensive as a parent of a special-needs child than to tell me what I think I need. I’m prepared to have that discussion again. I don’t think [the Senate is] going to like it — because now I’m pissed off.”
Graydon Hicks, Fort Davis superintendent of schools, in an open letter to Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.
“If your intent is to dissolve public education (and your actions are more than a clear signal of such), then simply go on the record with that statement and remove the state’s authority to further overburden us without financial support. Quit pontificating about bathrooms. Quit hiding your intentions behind righteous statements about school vouchers and choice.”
Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, commenting on the potential economic impact of new discriminatory laws in Texas.
“What should be increasingly clear even to the governor and lieutenant governor is that their obsession with writing discrimination into law risks turning Texas into a state that people and companies simply don’t want to visit or do business in. We’re watching a slow-motion economic train wreck here, and the special session could turn that into a full-on disaster.”
Tom Jawetz, the vice president for immigration policy at the Center for American Progress, in response to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s threat to sue the federal government over an Obama-era program that protects unauthorized immigrants if it is not rescinded by September.
“The idea that we would, in the next three months, phase out DACA and return nearly a million people to undocumented status is unconscionable.”