Margaret Downing is the editor-in-chief who oversees the Houston Press newsroom and its online publication. She frequently writes on a wide range of subjects.
5 days ago | Coronavirus
While being justifiably proud that the city pumped 3,852 (possibly record-breaking) doses of the Moderna vaccine into people's arms at Minute Maid Park Saturday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner wasn't nearly as happy about the other coronavirus num...
12 days ago | Education
Who would want to be in the ranks of teachers in the present COVID-19 circumstances? In Houston ISD the local teacher union president has sent an urgent plea to the interim superintendent and board of trustees asking for a ten-day hiatus from in-p...
17 days ago | Education
Houston ISD trustees won a round in court Wednesday when in a 2-1 vote, the Third District Court of Appeals upheld a temporary injunction barring Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath from ousting the HISD board and replacing it with one of his...
17 days ago | Opera
Like many other performers, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke has lost one booking after another in a year overturned by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the lost work will extend into 2021 as venues and companies try to guess when they'll be open again an...
1 month ago | Dance
In this the strangest of all seasons with routines disrupted everywhere, First Soloist Allison Miller found herself — along with other members of Houston Ballet — dealing with a holiday production differing in just about every way from her normal ...
1 month ago | Education
As announced Thursday, the Texas Education Agency decided to hit pause on handing out any A-F ratings of schools this school year, but is still requiring students to undergo STAAR testing, despite pleas from many legislators to forego it this year...