Quotes to Notes: Redistricting to B-On-Time

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Editor’s note: From redistricting to the state’s B-On-Time loan program, these are among our favorite quotes from the past several days.

“There would be very little time before November to advertise, ‘here’s what the districts look like,’ and more important, there would be relatively very little time for the public to weigh in on what those districts ought to look like with the commission.”

— Bill Spelman, Austin City Council member and UT professor, on the proposal from the Charter Revision Committee to create single-member city council districts, according to KUT.

“This is no time for defensiveness. Rather, UT is to be commended for caring enough about student learning to be one of the first universities to institute annual Collegiate Learning Assessment testing.”

— Thomas Lindsay, director of the Center for Higher Education at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in his column Wednesday in The Houston Chronicle on the implementation of the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) at the University. The CLA has been criticized for simplifying what students learn while in college.

“Texans want to be relevant. We’ve been passed by in the process before, and we’re tired of sitting on the sidelines.”

— Weston Martinez, member of the Texas Republican Executive Committtee and Rick Santorum supporter, on the potential for changing the state’s Republican primary to a winner-take-all system, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Supporters argue that the change would allow Texas more of a voice in the selection process.

“Growth is something that, of course, Texans like. I think it reflects very positive things about the state. Of course, the other side is that it continues to place tremendous demands on public services in Texas, in areas like education and health care.”

— Steve Murdock, former U.S. Census Bureau director, on the growth rate of Austin, according to the Austin American-Statesman. According to new data, Austin is the second fastest-growing city in the nation.

“I’d love to be able to promote this loan to the student body, but our hands are kind of tied.”

— Tom Melecki, UT Student Financial Services director, on the advertisement of the state’s B-On-Time loan program, according to The Daily Texan. The program is being criticized after new data showed that the full available value of the loans was not distributed to University students.