3 ISDs request suspension of in-person schooling, TEA to extend online learning: Most popular news from Central Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath will announce the expanded online learning option in the coming days. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Gov. Greg Abbott said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath will announce the expanded online learning option in the coming days. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Gov. Greg Abbott said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath will announce the expanded online learning option in the coming days. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

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Gov. Abbott: Texas Education Agency to extend online learning option for school districts in 2020-21 school year

Texas school districts may be able to continue online learning for longer than the three-week period the Texas Education Agency provided in its guidelines, according to Gov. Greg Abbott.

Three Austin-area ISDs request suspension of in-person learning

Three Austin-area ISDs are are requesting that their districts be allowed to suspend in-person instruction and begin the school year with 100% online instruction for all K-12 students.



Leander ISD, Plugerville ISD and Round Rock ISD sent letters to state education and political leaders. LISD and RRISD sent their letters July 13, followed by PfISD on July 14.

Affordable housing development denied after much public input at Georgetown City Council

Georgetown City Council denied a resolution July 14 that would have granted housing tax credits to three affordable housing projects.

Former Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix withdraws from Burnet chief position

Former Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix withdrew his acceptance as chief of police in Burnet. Mannix was to begin his new position July 13.

New Mexican restaurant opens in Georgetown

Marisol's Mexican Grill opened in Georgetown July 14. The restaurant offers Tex-Mex favorites, including enchiladas, fajitas, burritos and more. Desserts include flan, sopapillas and churros.

Taylor Girtman, Brian Perdue, Sally Grace Holtgrieve and Ali Linan contributed to this report.



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