Actually many of us are Back To School already...
We have some form of year round, multi-track or single track program in our school district that keeps us always planning to "Go Back To School."
Over 3,000 schools have year-round education programs.
That's less than four percent of all schools, but it's four times the number of students in year-round schools a decade ago.
Have you heard about the addition of 4 new states who provide... tax breaks for shoppers ?
It's just about time for the children to head back to school and for some parents, this will come as a bit of a relief. School shopping can be a big task and we all need to get ready for the first day of school.
And it's not just parents and students who have to plan ahead for opening day. Featured school shopping is important for teachers and administrators too.
Decorations, classroom themes, ribbons, stickers, banners, fundraising, incentives & awards, school supplies, mascots, pencils, temporary tattoos and more. Yes, it's all here for teachers, principle's, PTA's, PTO's and parents.
With school in session, the kids will be fully occupied. But most parents are probably seeing dollar signs.
The cost of clothes, books and supplies can add up quickly. Well here's some potentially Going Back To School "good news".... many states sponsor tax holidays.
For a short period of time, you don't pay state tax on certain purchases.
The items covered by the tax holidays vary from state to state.
You may want to let parents, grandparents, PTA's etc... know about this back to school program in your next school newsletter.
While most students in the U.S. are dusting off their book-bags and thinking about going back to school, and the exciting school theme you've picked, some students have been sitting in class all summer.
Some feel that students and teachers, refreshed by more frequent breaks, will not get burnt-out as easily.
Some teachers also complain that on traditional schedules, with long summer breaks, when students get back to school, too much time is spent reviewing in the fall, after many students have forgotten what they learned the previous year.
Also, many immigrant children fall behind because they are not exposed to English during the long summer breaks. Perhaps some of you are just returning from travel opportunities and must prepare for back to school needs.
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Many states offer some back to school sales-tax exemption beginning in the summer months, some as early as July.
Parents may benefit from checking to see if their state is one sponsoring a tax holiday for back to school shopping. The tax information firm CCH, reports that all 13 states (identified below) and the District of Columbia offered sales-tax waivers on everything from clothing and shoes to school supplies and computers.
New York, which launched the first-ever back to school program in 1997 and has since offered a sales tax break on certain items year-round, has turned other states onto the concept.
In 2006 four new states were added - Alabama, Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia - and offer their own version of a "back to school" sales tax holiday.
According to a study by the National Retail Federation, back to school spending by American families is expected to reach $17.6 billion in 2006. And that's up over 30 percent from 2005.
Now that's a real reason to celebrate school spirit !
All buyers should be careful to check to make sure their purchases are covered by the tax holiday provisions in their state.
Listed below are states that have previously offered back to school tax holidays and are expected to continue similar offers in the future.
Always be sure to check for current information and we'll be sure to update here as new data becomes available.
Year-round schooling continues to be controversial in almost every school district. Districts from New York to Los Angeles are experimenting with new calendars and hoping to make positive changes to improve student performance.
Long term, it's hard to know whether the idea will become more popular or less as parents and administrators try to figure out the best solution.
Supporters say year-round systems improve academic performance. They point to Japan, where student scores are higher than those in the U.S. and where students attend classes 220 days a year on average, as opposed to 180 days in America.
But there is still plenty of debate.
We continue to suggest school themes are a popular way to unify staff and students... And hopefully your theme team is raring to go... that's a winning combination that will help BOOST your school spirit.
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