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Local school districts target equity to better serve diversifying student populations in Spring, Klein

The Spring and Klein area has seen a notable demographic shift over the past two decades, data shows, and Spring, Klein and Cy-Fair ISDs are evolving to better serve their now majority-minority student populations, officials said.


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Northwest Assistance Ministries relocates semimonthly food distribution site near IAH

By relocating the site to Ecopark-IAH, the nonprofit will be able to supply 3,000 families with 70 pounds of food in one day.




Texas Renaissance Festival to offer free COVID-19 rapid testing throughout season

Additionally, a free drive-thru testing site will be set up in Todd Mission on Sept. 19.


Texas Supreme Court issues order strengthening CDC eviction moratorium

The action aims to strengthen a federal order that renters' advocates say has been falling short in eviction court.


New owners take over Tune Up: The Manly Salon locations in Champions, Northpointe

Rachael and Michael Worthen and Jackie and Scott Qaulley took ownership of two Tune Up: The Manly Salon franchise locations in the North Houston area effective Aug. 10.


Flood control officials to update residents on Cypress Creek stormwater detention basins at virtual meeting

Harris County Flood Control District officials will host a virtual information session Sept. 22 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to update residents on two upcoming flood control projects along Cypress Creek.



Student-run bakery, Bear Branch sports court open, plus 4 more business updates in The Woodlands

Recent business updates around The Woodlands and nothern Spring include business openings, a name change and a 10th anniversary.


Q&A: St. Luke's physician shares advice on flu season, vaccine and prevention

The influenza vaccine is recommended for nearly all patients of all ages ahead of this year's flu season, Dr. Sam Rolon said.


TEA launches statewide COVID-19 dashboard for public schools

The Texas Education Agency, in collaboration with the Texas Department of State Health Services, has launched its latest COVID-19 dashboard for positive cases in Texas public schools.


Houston Food Bank: COVID-19 pandemic amplifies already-high food insecurity rates across region

Before COVID-19, the Houston Food Bank distributed about 400,000 pounds of food daily. That number has since increased to about 1 million pounds a day.



Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: Retail stores, restaurants, office buildings, gyms can reopen at 75% capacity as early as Sept. 21

Nursing home and long-term care facilities will also be allowed to reopen for visitation as early as Sept. 24.


Klein ISD introduces COVID-19 tracking dashboard

The dashboard displays only KISD data and will be updated daily at noon.


Newly formed corporation could divert Harris County toll road revenue to non-mobility projects

A new limited government corporation formed by Harris County Sept. 15 could result in surplus revenue from the Harris County Toll Road Authority going to other county needs outside of the realm of transportation and mobility.


Curry Masala opens in The Woodlands and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from Greater Houston.



Q&A: National Center for Learning Disabilities expert discusses challenges of special education, remote learning during pandemic

The NCLD's director of policy and advocacy spoke about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on special education students and their development in and out of the classroom.



Hidalgo: Harris County trending toward COVID-19 threat level downgrade

Harris County has been at the highest possible COVID-19 threat level since late June, but the data related to the number of new cases per day, hospitalizations and testing positivity mean the threat level could be downgraded in the near future, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said Sept. 15.


Back to school in Cy-Fair ISD: Student enrollment down, teacher stress up during first week

District officials said student enrollment projections are down by 2,575, and about 130 teaching positions remain vacant.



Klein ISD to consider $1.3373 tax rate for FY 2020-21

Its proposed FY 2020-21 tax rate is the highest the district can set its tax rate without going out for an election.


Harris County resumes in-person jury duty

In-person jury trials have largely been on hold since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March.


Trustees plan to address racial inequality in Cy-Fair ISD

The board signed a resolution including action steps to address racial inequality districtwide at the Sept. 14 meeting. African American students made up 18.5% of enrollment in 2018-19 but accounted for 38.7% of suspensions that year.


Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar discusses state budget, economic planning

Hegar shared his outlook on the state's finances and economic outlook in a September TAG Houston livestream.



Spring ISD to provide free meals for all students daily through at least end of September

Starting Sept. 14, families participating in remote learning will be able to pick up one breakfast and one hot meal lunch daily Monday through Friday from 4:30-6 p.m.


New Spring Cypress Road ramps open on Hwy. 249

The new ramps opened the weekend of Sept. 12-13.