Online readers were given eight options to choose from, including:
* Shoes (gym shoes, etc),
* Notebooks, folders, pens, pencils, crayons, glue, etc.,
* Kleenex, napkins, paper towels, paper plates, etc.,
* Colored construction paper,
* Calculator, and
A total of 452 online readers responded to the poll, with textbooks receiving the most votes with 236 (52.2 percent).
Clothing came in second with 164 votes (36.3 percent), while shoes were third with a total of 26 votes (5.8 percent).
Online readers stated that a calculator, other and notebooks, folders, pens, pencils, crayons, glue, etc., were the fourth most expensive items, with all three receiving seven votes each (1.5 percent).
Online readers believed Kleenex, napkins, paper towels, paper plates, etc., was next on the list with four votes (0.9 percent), while colored construction paper also had two votes (0.2 percent).
A total of 15 online readers responded to the poll as well.
One reader stated, "Tuition," while another reader said, "If I can only pick one, it would be textbooks. I don't buy a lot of clothes at the beginning of the school year. At the school my daughter attends, they are required to bring an inexpensive" pair of shoes to leave at the school for gym. With all the other expenses, I think this is ridiculous. They only have gym one day a week for 40 minutes or so."
The current Times' online poll question deals with the future of politics in Indiana.
The Times' is asking its online readers, "Who do you think will be Indiana's next governor?"
Readers are given three options, including:
* Mitch Daniels (Republican),
* Jill Long Thompson (Democrat), and
* Andrew Horning (Libertarian).
As always, online readers have the opportunity to comment on the poll question.