Tomball - Magnolia Edition | July 2020

TOMBALL MAGNOLIA EDITION

VOLUME 10, ISSUE 10  JULY 7AUG. 3, 2020

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Reimagining education Tomball, Magnolia ISDs grapple with fall plans, await state guidance

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Students could see about ve months of lost learning by the time they go back to school this fall as a result of forced school closures this spring and the usual sum- mer setback in learning, according to a national study examining how spring school closures aected student learning. “We think learning loss by back to school may be up to a high of 49%,” said Stuart Udell, an author of the study and the CEO of Achieve 3000, a supplemental reading program used nationwide, including in Tomball ISD. School facilities in the Greater Houston area closed in mid-March to help slow the spread of the coronavi- rus, and districts were forced to roll out remote learn- ing quickly to continue the school year. Now, as districts look forward to school resuming in August, guidelines released by the Texas Education Agency on June 23 oer districts two options to deliver instruction remotely alongside on-campus learning to receive state funding in 2020-21, including synchronous—or real-time—and asynchronous—or self-paced—remote learning. CONTINUED ON 34

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Tomball ISD said in a June 24 letter it will resume classes Aug. 18 as planned. (Dylan Sherman/Community Impact Newspaper)

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2020 EDI T ION REAL ESTATE

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over year compared to 2019. However, homes sold in May were on the market an average of 55 days, down from 73 days in May 2019, HAR data shows. Despite the drop in sales this spring, local real estate agents said they started to see business pick up in June. Ray Wade, a real estate broker and the owner of Legacy Texas Properties

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Homes are selling faster year over year in Tomball and Magnolia with fewer homes on the market as the region rides out the coronavirus pan- demic, according to data from the Houston Association of Realtors. Home sales for March-May in the six ZIP codes in the Greater Tomball and Magnolia area dropped 6.8% year

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Homes spent 55 days on the market on average in May, down from 73 days in May 2019 as there were fewer homes for sale in the region year over year. DAYS ON MARKET

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40.2 61.7 SOURCE: HOUSTON ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS’ MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER 98.3 55.5 41.2

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