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.


Montgomery County reports 5 deaths related to COVID-19, passes 6,000 cumulative cases July 30

The county's cumulative case count surpassed 6,000 cases, while active cases fell by 79.



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.


Lone Star College makes $14 million in budget reductions for FY 2020-21

Lone Star College is taking a conservative approach while planning for its upcoming budget.


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.



Magnolia ISD to have small student groups at campuses before reopening

Magnolia ISD will run the program until the district reopns after Labor Day.



Harris County coronavirus count: Hospitalization trends remain flat

The hospitalization trendline has slowly been moving downward in the county since around July 9. It has remained almost completely unchanged over the past five days.




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.


Montgomery County commissioners consider CARES Act funding for local projects

County officials said it was unclear if the court could reclassify federal coronavirus relief funds or if it would have to wait until the funding period had expired.


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.



Lone Star College purchases 5,000 additional laptops, students can use for free

Students can check out newly purchased laptops for free from the college.


With more people staying at home, Terrarium adapts, boosts business in Tomball

“People are looking for things, especially with COVID[-19], to help keep their homes interesting and feel happy,” Owner Bridget Gould said.


Harris County prepares for surge in evictions as federal protections, unemployment boost end

With August rent due this weekend, housing advocates are calling on the county to act fast.




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.


Harris County coronavirus count: 1,465 new cases, 16 deaths confirmed July 28

See the latest trends on COVID-19 in Harris County.


Montgomery County's active COVID-19 case count drops by 47 on July 28; 116 recoveries added

Montgomery County public health officials reported slight declines in active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations related to the disease July 28, along with an 3.84% increase in recoveries.


Montgomery County commissioners criticize appraisal district's 'misleading' preliminary budget

Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack accused Tony Belinoski, the chief appraiser for the Montgomery County Appraisal District, of attempting to mislead the court and the public, which Belinoski denied.