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School starts today for many students across North Texas. We find out what’s new and different at some of the biggest districts.

The start of the school year can be rough on some kids. It's a big shift from summer's freedom and lack of structure to the measured routines of school. And sometimes that can build up into tears, losing sleep, outbursts and other classic signs of anxiety.

"Going back to school is a transition for everyone," says Lynn Bufka, a practicing psychologist who also works at the American Psychological Association. "No matter the age of the child, or if they've been to school before."

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The annual back-to-school sales tax holiday is scheduled this weekend in Texas.

The Texas Comptroller's Office says the tax break begins Friday and runs through Sunday.

It’s back-to-school time! Monday is the first day of school for most public schools across North Texas. To get in the spirit, some of us at KERA are sharing our vintage school pictures. (Bangs, braces, backpacks, oh my!)

Tour the virtual yearbook below.

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For the 20th year in a row, Dallas held its Mayor’s Back to School Fair today. The event at Fair Park is for low-income families who can get free school supplies and health screenings. It can really make a difference.  

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Tax-free weekend starts Friday in Texas. The three-day break lets families buy backpacks, sneakers and blue jeans with no sales tax, which seems like a straightforward way to save.

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Monday is the first day of school for North Texas students. Getting them there will be up the thousands of bus drivers who are on the road practicing their routes. We tagged along for the ride with one longtime driver in the Fort Worth Independent School District.

Pictures: It's Back To School Across North Texas

Aug 24, 2015
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It’s the first day of school for kids across North Texas. No more sleeping in! We’re posting your back-to-school photos below.

Across North Texas, teachers and staff are gearing up for the return to school. In Dallas, the district held its annual back-to-school rally, or convocation, on Wednesday. There was music, dancing and a pep talk from Interim Superintendent Michael Hinojosa.

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School started for most North Texas kids on Monday. But not everyone was there on the first day or the second or even the third. Getting every single student to show up is tough. In many districts, students keep trickling in days and even weeks later. A Dallas ISD official explains what keeps some kids away.

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Every year, more than 600 refugee students are enrolled in Dallas schools. Many of them live in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood in Northeast Dallas. Monday morning, on the first day of class, some parents learned how to walk their kids to the bus stop and to school.

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There were tears and laughter at A. V. Cato Elementary School in River Oaks Monday, when parents of 4-year-olds took their kids to pre-Kindergarten.  

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North Dallas High School is home to about 100 homeless kids because it’s near three homeless shelters and organizations that serve families in need. One of those students is a 17-year-old senior who temporarily lives in Oak Cliff.

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Monday is the first day back to school for many students across North Texas. Help KERA mark the big day!

How much are parents around the country spending on back-to-school supplies? According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Americans will drop about $8.6 billion this month on pens, notebooks, lunch boxes and more. NPR’s new education blog took a closer look at those costs by surveying nine schools around the country, including Atherton Elementary in Arlington. It checked each school’s recommended “supply list” for first, third and fifth graders.

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With the first day of school in Dallas a little more than three weeks away, thousands of kids and their parents flocked to the city’s annual Mayor's Back to School Fair today. They were lured to Fair Park by free backpacks (filled with supplies), health checks, and a good time.

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Free school supplies will be handed out at the 18th annual Mayor’s Back to School Fair in Dallas. It opens at 8 a.m. Friday in Fair Park.

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Summer has just started, but some kids are already thinking about the first day of school this fall. 

At a shopping mall south of Fort Worth, Tarrant County leaders helped to kick-off a registration drive to get poor families from 20 school districts free backpacks loaded with school supplies.


The annual tax free weekend has finally arrived! Of course calculators, pens and pencils are tax free, but so are hunting vests, bowling shirts and adult diapers. 

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It’s the season of spending for parents of school-aged kids. And no matter how well you plan, pencil cases, new sneakers and graphing calculators can put a dent in anyone’s budget.

Tax free weekend kicks off today, but some North Texans are wondering, is saving sales tax worth braving the crowds and picked over supplies?

The annual Dallas Mayor’s Back to School Fair greeted 40,000 to 50,000 people at Fair Park today.

As August begins, retailers are stepping up sales promotions to attract back-to-school shoppers. And several states are offering tax-free shopping to encourage purchases.

But most economists say this year's sales will be slower than last summer's because consumers have been coping with more expensive gasoline and higher payroll taxes.


Nothing says end of summer like back-to-school immunizations. And while school's not in session yet, the time is right to think about whether your kid needs any booster shots to go along with that new backpack. We've rounded up some resources to help you out. 

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The annual back-to-school fairs in Dallas and Tarrant counties are approaching. For free school supplies and other benefits, families must register in advance.

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The 17th annual Dallas Mayor’s Back to School fair is set for Thursday, Aug. 1, from  8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Health officials say a woman her 80’s who lived in Irving is the 12th death from West Nile virus in Dallas County.

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Some 40,000 people packed Fair Park’s two huge halls Thursday for free school supplies, health checks, hair cuts and more.