back to school http://kut.org en Sales Tax Holiday Set for Second Weekend in August http://kut.org/post/sales-tax-holiday-set-second-weekend-august <p>The state’s annual sales-tax-free weekend is a little earlier this year, but there’s still time to get ready.</p><p>Coming up on the weekend of August 9 to 11, Texas shoppers can save the sales tax on most clothing and back-to-school stuff priced under $100.</p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:20:00 +0000 Trey Shaar 8344 at http://kut.org Sales Tax Holiday Set for Second Weekend in August AISD Releases List of Schools Frozen to Transfers http://kut.org/post/aisd-releases-list-schools-frozen-transfers <p>The Austin Independent School District has released<a href="http://archive.austinisd.org/academics/parentsinfo/transfer/" target="_blank"> its list of schools that are frozen to transfers</a> for the 2013-2014 school year.</p><p>Over two dozen campuses are &nbsp;frozen to transfers, while another 17 will be reevaluated after requests for priority transfers are approved.</p><p>Beginning Jan. 7, parents will be able to submit their transfer requests by mail or in person at AISD's Office of Student Services.</p><p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 16:38:03 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5950 at http://kut.org AISD Releases List of Schools Frozen to Transfers Back-To-School Shoppers Open Wallets, But Carefully http://kut.org/post/back-school-shoppers-open-wallets-carefully After months of sitting on their wallets, Americans went shopping in July. The uptick reported Tuesday is boosting economists' hopes for a reasonably strong back-to-school season. And retailers are looking for clues about how the holiday shopping season will turn out later in the year.<p>"This is a good report," Chris Christopher, an economist with IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm, wrote in an assessment of the latest report. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 20:46:12 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 4879 at http://kut.org Back-To-School Shoppers Open Wallets, But Carefully Study: Nine Out of Ten Preschoolers' Lunches At Unsafe Temperatures http://kut.org/post/study-nine-out-ten-preschoolers-lunches-unsafe-temperatures <p>A <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/news/2011/08/09/food_safety_study/">University of Texas study</a> found that 90 percent of bag lunches brought to school by preschool students were kept at temperatures that could result in food-borne illnesses.</p><p>The researchers took the temperatures of 700 preschoolers lunch&#39;s at nine different Texas child care centers. Forty-five percent of the lunches had at least one ice pack and 39 percent had none. Tue, 09 Aug 2011 17:48:42 +0000 Kelsey Sheridan 2169 at http://kut.org Study: Nine Out of Ten Preschoolers' Lunches At Unsafe Temperatures State Urges Parents To Seek Regulated Day Cares http://kut.org/post/state-urges-parents-seek-regulated-day-cares <p>There are more than 25,000 daycare operations and homes in the state of Texas. &nbsp;And as the school year looms, parents have to choose among them to find safe child care that&#39;s a good fit for their family&#39;s needs. &nbsp;But a warning from the state: be careful when choosing; 524 Texas operations have been found guilty of abuse or neglect. Mon, 01 Aug 2011 20:45:30 +0000 Kelsey Sheridan 2106 at http://kut.org State Urges Parents To Seek Regulated Day Cares