Fort Bend ISD may consider requiring low-performing students to return in person and more top Houston-area news

New guidance from the Texas Education Agency would allow districts to require virtual learners who are failing classes or have three or more unexcused absences to return to school in person. (Courtesy Canva)
New guidance from the Texas Education Agency would allow districts to require virtual learners who are failing classes or have three or more unexcused absences to return to school in person. (Courtesy Canva)

New guidance from the Texas Education Agency would allow districts to require virtual learners who are failing classes or have three or more unexcused absences to return to school in person. (Courtesy Canva)

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Sugar Land-Missouri City

Fort Bend ISD responds to TEA guidance allowing districts to require low-performing students to learn in person

Fort Bend ISD Superintendent Charles Dupre said that as of Nov. 9, the district has not had time to explore a new option authorized by the Texas Education Agency that would allow districts to require low-performing virtual leaners to return to school in person.

Changes in Fort Bend ISD: Dupre plans resignation; outgoing trustees remembered, new trustees welcomed


Members of the Fort Bend ISD board of trustees gathered to say farewell to outgoing trustees and swear in newly elected members Nov. 16.

Cy-Fair

Husband and wife duo persist through pandemic with community support at Cypress Thai restaurant

The owners, who live a mile from the restaurant and have children who go to school at Cy-Fair ISD, said they are grateful for the support they have gotten from the community.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

New Caney ISD Superintendent Kenn Franklin expected to resign

The board of trustees have an item to discuss and accept Superintendent Kenn Franklin's resignation and discuss a possible interim replacement.

Montgomery County

$11.8M forensic center in works as Montgomery County forced to store bodies in refrigerated containers

The center will better serve the county after years of burgeoning caseloads and a lack of space in the current facility, which has resulted in bodies being stored in refrigerated shipping containers, officials said.

Claire Shoop, Shawn Arrajj, Andy Li and Eva Vigh contributed to this report.



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Houston ISD reported that 42% of its students failed at least one class in the first six-week grading period for 2020-21, which was held exclusively online. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Houston ISD acknowledges role of COVID-19 virtual instruction in student performance drop

"The most notable difference between last year and this year is the virtual education component implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic," the district said.

Williams comes to CCISD from Loudoun County, Virginia. (Screenshot courtesy Clear Creek ISD)
Eric Williams named Clear Creek ISD superintendent

Per Texas law, the board was required to wait a minimum of 21 days before voting to appoint Williams, its lone finalist. He will start Jan. 18, 2021; Greg Smith’s last day is Dec. 31.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Dec. 2 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has allotted 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to the state of Texas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
First allotment of COVID-19 vaccinations expected to arrive in Texas in mid-December

About 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been allotted to the state of Texas and will arrive the week of Dec. 14.

The Coastal Texas Study includes proposals for several projects meant to protect Galveston Bay with multiple lines of defense from major storms. (Courtesy Army Corps of Engineers)
Environmentalists question proposed coastal barrier, ask for deadline extension to comment on plan

Several local environmental groups and experts have opposed portions of the coastal barrier proposal and are asking for an extension to the public comment portion of the plan.

The East Montgomery County Industrial Park off Gene Campbell Road will welcome the Lowe's Distribution Center in July. (Courtesy East Montgomery County Improvement District)
Lowe's to bring 200 jobs to Montgomery County and more Houston-area news

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Missouri City announced in a Dec. 2 press release that it will file a lawsuit against Fort Bend County for election-related issues. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Missouri City set to sue Fort Bend County over early-voting locations for Dec. 12 runoff election

The lawsuit stems from Fort Bend County requiring Missouri City voters who live in Harris County to cast early ballots at the Missouri City Community Center.

Harmonium historic district
Proposed historic district Harmonium is a work of art—literally

The homes are owned by Houston-based artist Salle Werner Vaughn, who has turned the collection of early 20th century properties into an art installation called “Harmonium.”

A new coronavirus testing site is coming to The Woodlands on Dec. 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Second free mobile coronavirus testing clinic coming to The Woodlands on Dec. 14

The free clinic from Curative will be available until Jan. 31, 2021.

Humble ISD has proposed a 2021-22 calendar similar to the calendars of the last two years. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Humble ISD seeks parent, staff feedback on proposed 2021-22 calendar

Humble ISD has proposed a 2021-22 calendar similar to the calendars of the last two years.

The letter came a week after Longoria was virtually sworn into the office by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo on Nov. 18. (Screenshot via Zoom)
Harris County scrambles to make creation of Elections Administrator Office lawful after Attorney General's letter identifies deficiencies

Harris County is working to make right the appointment of Isabel Longoria as the county's first-ever elections administrator after County Attorney Vince Ryan received a letter Nov. 25 from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stating that the county did not follow the proper appointment process.