Four-day school weeks are a topic that is gaining traction. In fact, over 60 school districts have made or are in the process of making the change. Most of these school districts are located in North Texas. According to KXAN, Rockdale ISD made the change this past Spring, in an effort to retain teachers and improve student learning.

Rockdale ISD starts the new four-day schedule for the 2023-24 year. The week will be Monday through Thursday, while Fridays will be a time for teachers to plan future lessons and work on professional development. While this is a great idea, however, this will pose a problem for parents who work on Friday. In this scenario, school districts are working to have Friday programs available What do you think about a four-day school week? Do you think a four-day school week will lift teacher morale? Do you think it will hinder the children's learning?

 Crosby ISD, in Harris County just outside Houston also recently became the largest district in the state to adopt a four-day week. The district, which serves almost 6,500 students, approved the switch on Feb. 27 of this year during a school board meeting.  The new four-day school day for this school will also start for the 2023-2024 school year.
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This year’s sale tax holiday begins Friday, Aug. 11, and goes through midnight Sunday, Aug. 13.  Save the sales tax on school supplies, clothes, and more. For a complete list of what you CAN buy clothes-wise tax-free just click here. This list comes straight from the Texas Tax Comptroller's Office. When it comes to school supplies remember, only the school supplies on this list priced under $100 qualify for exemption from tax during the sales tax holiday.


Only the school supplies on this list priced under $100 qualify for exemption from tax during the sales tax holiday.

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  • Binders
  • Blackboard chalk
  • Book bags
  • Calculators
  • Cellophane tape
  • Compasses
  • Composition books
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Folders – expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila
  • Glue, paste and paste sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Index card boxes
  • Kits*
  • Legal pads
  • Lunch boxes
  • Markers (including dry erase markers)
  • Notebooks
  • Paper – loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper
  • Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Protractors
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Writing tablets


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During the sales tax holiday, you can buy most footwear and clothing (sold for less than $100) tax-free. You do not need to give the seller an exemption certificate.

The exemption applies to each eligible item sold for less than $100, and there is no limit to the number of qualifying items you can buy.


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During the sales tax holiday, student backpacks sold for less than $100 are exempt from tax.

The exemption includes backpacks with wheels and messenger bags. You can buy up to 10 backpacks tax-free at one time without giving an exemption certificate to the seller.


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