HOUSTON (AP) — Students across Texas face the reality of summer break ending as they returned to school on Monday.
The state's largest school district — Houston — just got bigger. The 6,000-student North Forest school district closed last year by state order and has been annexed by the Houston Independent School District. North Forest had a history of poor academic scores and financial problems.
Houston ISD this spring had more than 203,000 students.
The Brownsville Independent School District website carried a reminder that: "School Starts Monday, Be On Time!"
A charter school in San Antonio that in March received state approval will delay its opening for more than a week.
The San Antonio Express-News reports that more than 500 BASIS charter school students were notified Sunday that its facility won't be ready until Sept. 3. It's the inaugural year for the Arizona-based charter school, which was by a $1 million grant from the George W. Brackenridge Foundation.
Victoria Rico, trustee with the Brackenridge Foundation, said Sunday night that the school could not issue a bond to build the facility until after its charter was approved by Texas education officials. Safety issues were also a concern.
"It's a remarkably short time window to open the school," Rico said. "It's very close but it just wasn't quite ready and ultimately we had to make a call."
The Dallas Independent School District has new online bus route information for families. Dallas ISD also had three new schools opening Monday, one middle school and two elementary schools.
The newest elementary school in the Austin ISD expects nearly 600 students. Guerrero-Thompson Elementary was built to ease overcrowding at Walnut Creek and McBee elementary schools.
The superintendent of the Abilene ISD urged students to enjoy classes.
"Have fun and learn something every day," Heath Burns told the Abilene Reporter-News, praising his faculty and staff. "Students must take advantage of this opportunity to learn from the best — and have lots of fun along the way."