If education officials with the state of Texas have their way, the North Forest Independent School District will be absorbed into the Houston school system before students return for the 2013-14 school year. But North Forest district officials still are trying to stop the takeover, The Houston Chronicle says. In a federal lawsuit, they are arguing the annexation into the Houston district, set to take place July 1, would violate the Voting Rights Act. North Forest wants a judge to issue a temporary restraining order blocking the annexation. Last week, an effort in state court to block the annexation failed when a judge in Austin ruled in favor of the Texas Education Agency, which has ordered the district to shut down because of academic and financial shortcomings.