The Week in Quotes (Nov. 27 – Dec. 3)

by TFN

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

UT-Austin professor Emilio Zamora, on the final vote by the SBOE to reject the highly inaccurate Mexican-American studies textbook.

I am gratified that the board members were able to put aside differences about their views of the book and speak in favor of sound structural materials and the well-being of children in public schools.

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Matt Korn, an organizer of a protest against Islamophobia held outside an Austin mosque.

I wanted to do this event to show people living in fear that there is love and support.

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American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, on President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos as his education secretary.

In nominating DeVos, Trump makes it loud and clear that his education policy will focus on privatizing, defunding and destroying public education in America.

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Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, on Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s plan to push a bathroom bill in the next legislative session.

This isn’t the most urgent concern of mine.

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Chris Wallace, president of the Texas Association of Business, on a potential bathroom bill when the Texas Legislature meets in January.

Businesses pay 63 percent of the tax base — why would you want to jeopardize that huge economic benefit to our state? Why is it an issue today, when we have so many other core issues to be concerned about: education, our future workforce readiness, water, transportation? … This should not be a core issue.

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Self-styled “historian” David Barton, showing a complete lack of self-awareness by criticizing the accuracy of Bill O’Reilly’s history books.

If you have something that’s factually shown to be wrong, you need to go back and make the correction on it.

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