4:49 PM Jul 30, 2020 CDT

Texas Association of School Administrators asks state for more local control, clear guidelines in 2020-21

TASA leaders said in the letter that changing guidelines coming from the state are overly complicated and have only created confusion.


Texas Education Agency to fund online program supporting schools, parents in 2020-21

Teachers, students, parents and administrators can access classes, assignments and grades through the system whether learning from the classroom or elsewhere.


Charter school plans to launch complete virtual program for all Texas students in August

All classes will be conducted live, giving students the opportunity to engage with teachers and fellow classmates.



Here’s what the moviegoing experience will look like when Regal theaters reopen this summer

Face masks will be required of guests in lobbies, hallways, restrooms and in auditoriums when not eating or drinking.



FEMA adapts disaster responses due to convergence of COVID-19, busy hurricane season

FEMA has adjusted its pre- and post-disaster response due to COVID-19.


Q&A: Houston business leader says federal Paycheck Protection Program has ‘made a significant difference’

"The doors [for business assistance] have been opened just about as wide as they can be made because it’s very unusual times," said Tim Jeffcoat, the district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Houston.



Fort Bend ISD to begin 2020-21 school year online as COVID-19 cases increase in Fort Bend County

As school districts across the state determine how to best educate students amid rising coronavirus numbers, Fort Bend ISD announced students will begin the 2020-21 school year 100% online with the goal of gradually phasing in face-to-face instruction.


Texas' freestanding emergency centers ask state for flexibility during coronavirus pandemic

The requested changes would help freestanding emergency centers relieve overcrowding at hospitals and reduce the cost of coronavirus testing at their facilities, according to the Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers.



American Federation of Teachers releases resolution supporting 'safety strikes' as 2020-21 school year approaches

According to AFT President Randi Weingarten, the ability for schools to reopen safely hinges on the federal government as state budgets continue to get slashed amid the pandemic-induced economic downturn.



Fort Bend County extends emergency declaration, passes resolution against hate crimes

The emergency declaration and the resolution both passed in 3-2 votes along party lines.


Some breweries may qualify to operate as restaurants under new TABC guidelines

Some breweries across the state may now reopen as restaurants after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission released new guidelines on how restaurants may calculate their alcohol sales receipts.


Attorney General Ken Paxton: Decision to close schools lies with school districts, not health officials

The Texas Education Agency said July 28 it will follow the guidance laid out by Attorney General Ken Paxton and will not allow schools to close in-person instruction based solely on a blanket order from a local health authority.


Deadline extended for program providing grocery help for Texas families

Families have until Aug. 21 to apply for the program that provides a one-time payment of $285 per child to help those who lost access to free and reduced-priced meals when schools closed.



Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land set to open to public with new exhibit July 31

The museum is welcoming back visitors with health and safety precautions in place and a new special exhibit, Robot Zoo.


Katy Rice Festival to be held virtually, MOD Pizza to open in New Caney: News from Houston metro

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.


Sugar Land, Missouri City businesses struggle as Texas’ reopening backslides

Although many local businesses are able to operate at 50% capacity, Gov. Greg Abbott ordered bars to close again and business capacity dropped back down from 75% in late June due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.


Fort Bend County reports 219 new coronavirus cases, 367 recoveries, 2 deaths July 25-27

Fort Bend County will no longer report new coronavirus case information on Sundays.



SNAP recipients can receive up to $30 match on produce at six Houston-area farmers markets 

Six area farmer's markets are allowing SNAP customers to double their spending power.


Gov. Greg Abbott waives grade promotion requirement for STAAR testing for middle school students

While students will still receive an A-F rating, the test will no longer determine whether they can graduate.


Houston's Texas Medical Center: COVID-19 hospitalizations down, though deaths remain up

Texas Medical Center has a ways to go before it is out of the woods, but some key COVID-19 metrics are showing signs of improvement.


Texas Health and Human Services Commission to post COVID-19 cases, deaths from nursing homes, assisted living centers

The data will be from state-supported living centers, state hospitals, and state-licensed nursing and assisted living facilities.