Beginning this fall, Mississippi teachers will have a new way to purchase classroom supplies -- state-issued procurement cards which will function similarly to debit cards. After much wrangling, state legislators passed an amendment to Senate Bill 2761 in May authorizing the distribution of the cards to 35,000 teachers this fall.
The money will come from an $8-million Educational Enhancement Fund, issued by the state and administered by the Mississippi Department of Education to participating school districts to be divided evenly among eligible teachers. The funds each district receives are based upon student enrollment.
Cards will range from $175 to $225 and will expire at the end of each school year, with unused funds carried over the following year for reallocation.