The Third Court of Appeals will not hear oral arguments in a legal battle between the Houston ISD board of trustees and the Texas Education Agency over a state-mandated takeover; instead the court is requesting a final round of briefs from each side to rule on the case.

The court issued a request Aug. 11 for briefs to be filed by HISD and the TEA by Sept. 1.

The case has been in the appeals court since January after a Travis County court judge granted a request by the HISD trustees to delay the takeover until the case could be argued.

Back in November, the agency announced it was taking steps to appoint a new board of managers to replace the board of trustees, which it can do under a 2015 law, Texas House Bill 1842. The TEA cited the failure to turn around one school's performance after more than five years as well as an investigation into board member misconduct in its decision.