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Are Texas Homecoming Mums Getting Too Crazy?

Mums at homecoming have been a Texas tradition for years, but are they getting too elaborate? One Texas girl spent $600 on her mum.

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New Lice Law For Texas Schools Now in Effect

Head lice is a nightmare no parent or child ever wants to experience, yet it's a problem that persists in many schools every year. A new Texas law now determines what public elementary school nurses must do when they discover lice on a child.

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Texas Parents ‘Chalk the Walk’ to Inspire Kids on the First Day of School

With the school year getting underway, parents might be trying to think of unique ways to send the kids off on the new journey with something they'll remember. Some Texas parents have stumbled upon a pretty cool idea, and you can do this after the kids go to bed and surprise them in the morning.

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Lufkin School District Not Among the Best in Texas

School districts across Texas have been graded using lots of public info, plus reviews from parents, neighbors, and students.  Lufkin schools are some of the highest ranked in East Texas, but still we're not among the top 200 in the state. What are we doing wrong? See how low we rank, and start making your case now to give them a boost.

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Update: Suspect In Alpine School Shooting Dead From Self-Inflicted Injuries

The entire school district was put on lock down after an active shooter entered Alpine High School.

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No Homework All Year For These Texas Students

A Texas teacher is getting a lot of attention for a "no homework" policy that she says she's planning to stick to all year long.

She wants kids to play outside, have dinner with family, and get to bed early instead of burying noses in the books at home.  Think it'll catch on?

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The Smartest People Don’t Always Stay in Texas

It's a brand new school year and a fresh opportunity to get good grades.  But will the best and brightest in Texas stick around after graduation?  

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Back-To-School Takes Over Social Media

If you are on social media at all this week, you will quickly understand that school has started.

As parents, there is some sort of reflex that makes us mark these back-to-school moments on Facebook, and as you might be able to see in this picture, the kids would rather just hurry up and get to class

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Kids’ Backpacks Shouldn’t Be Any Heavier Than This

School starts next week in Lufkin and all across East Texas, and kids will be cramming iPods, notebooks, Kindles, phones, a change of shoes, snacks, and maybe even a book into those backpacks.

How heavy is too heavy?  If the backpack weighs more than a certain amount, it can knock kids off balance and lead to back problems later on.  Here's the magic number.

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The Lufkin ISD is Planning a Back-to-School Bonanza

Lufkin starts school in a week and a half and back-to-school shopping is in full swing.

The amount we're spending on school supplies is, well...a good chunk of a paycheck. Ready for the amount?  We've also got a way to score a free backpack.

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Texas Colleges Aren’t The Best, But Still Good Schools for the Money

This week I heard a co-worker utter the phrase "back to school," and I had to look at my smart phone to check the date.  Really?!  We're on the downhill side of the summer already.

If you're a college student, you may be working all summer to build up some funds for tuition this fall cuz it's dang expensive.  We know we're paying a lot, but are Texas schools worth the money?  You might be surprised about the top Texas school for the price.

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The School Year is Ending. Do You Toss The Kids’ Artwork?

It's always a dilemma for parents.

Kids create art from the heart all year long in school, and although you've trashed some of it here and there, the end-of-the-year stack takes some consideration because there is guilt involved.  Keep it or junk it?

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