School supplies are a focus of the sales tax-free holiday today through Sunday. The tax break applies to clothing $100 or less per item and school supplies $15 or less. Computers and related accessories are also tax free for the first $750 of the sale price.Times (2011)

Stores offer back-to-school deals during tax-free holiday

Shoppers head to the stores today through Sunday to take advantage of Florida's back-to-school sales tax holiday. The tax break applies to clothing $100 or less per item and school supplies $15 or less. Computers and related accessories are also tax free for the first $750 of the sale price. Here are some deals and …


  1. Brightening some days


    Stephen J. Coddington | Special to the Times

     (08/01/2014, SPRING HILL) Deltona Elementary School 3rd-grade teacher Jennifer Wagner, center, and Morton Elementary School kindergarten teacher Jamie Simon share a laugh with Charles Sharp, seen at far right, as Sharp hands a bag of school supplies to the teachers Friday afternoon, August 1, 2014. The teachers were volunteering for the United Way of Hernando County's "Stuff the Bus" school supplies drive outside of the Publix grocery store located in the Shoppes of Avalon shopping center on County Line Road in Spring Hill. The supply drive will last throughout the weekend, and has volunteers posted outside of Wal-Mart, Publix, and Walgreens stores throughout the area. Sharp, visiting from Auburn, Ala. with his wife Joanne (not pictured), was in the Spring Hill area looking to buy a home in order to relocate to Florida. "When we had our kids in school, there were times when it was tough so we know how it can be for some families," Sharp said. "So it feels good to help out now that we're in a position to lend a hand." PHOTO BY: STEPHEN J. CODDINGTON | FOR THE TIMES DESCRIPTION: The United Way of Hernando County is conducting its annual Stuff the Bus school supplies drive Friday through Sunday at local Publix, Walmart and Walgreens stores. Busiest locations probably are at Publix and Walmart. Any of the stores is OK. Can check with Konrad for a list of locations. Looking for daily stand-alone art for Saturday's 4-star Metro section.
Photo Credit: Stephen J. Coddington
  2. Letters reveal nasty turn in Hillsborough, Charter Schools USA fight


    TAMPA — It's safe to say the Hillsborough County School District and Charter Schools USA are not getting along.

    Superintendent MaryEllen Elia addresses the Hillsborough County School Board.
STORY SUMMARY - Parents and concerned citizens packed a meeting of the Hillsborough County School Board to protest new boundary lines that would affect 20 elementary schools, including the restructuring of Dickinson Elementary into an alternative school. [Times]
  3. Pasco school officials' trip raises Sunshine law questions


    LAND O'LAKES — Pasco County School District leaders appear to have violated Florida's open meeting law in obtaining permission to send a team to a North Carolina education conference in July.

  4. Pinellas School Board candidates politely debate the issues at forum


    SEMINOLE — It was a polite affair.

    Nine candidates for the Pinellas County School Board kept it civil Thursday at a two-hour public forum at St. Petersburg College's Seminole campus. They found a lot to agree about, though a few sharp differences emerged as well.

  5. Tips and new rituals to start the school year off right


    Parents often greet the back-to-school blizzard of papers, schedules, passwords and carpools with a mixture of hope and dread. But it can also be a time of joy and new family traditions.

    While it’s easy to move up the younger children’s bedtimes, your teens might have to adjust to earlier wake-up times the hard way.
  6. Pinellas welcomes 14 new principals


    Azalea Elementary: Kristen Sulte, 48, began working for Pinellas County schools in 1988. Her most recent position was principal of Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary. She earns $85,591 a year.

    Kristina Bauman, Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary
  7. Essential information for starting school in Pinellas



    Pinellas County parents can find back-to-school information at Here are a few highlights for families who are not yet registered:

    Getting started

  8. Pinellas to unveil schools and programs in 2014-15


    The Pinellas County school system will reopen for classes this month, having significantly expanded its reach with two new elementary magnets, four new middle school programs and a new alternative high school.

    Pinellas County teachers, from left, Jean Wright, Lina Bracht and Sara Honey discuss communication strategies Tuesday while attending Embrace Pinellas, a four-day conference-style orientation workshop hosted by the Pinellas County School District at Countryside High in Clearwater. They were among more than 350 who attended to learn about what the district has to offer them and to be equipped strategies to start the new school year. Topics included student engagement, curriculum, special-needs students, English for speakers of other languages, disability awareness, homeless education and embracing volunteers.