Purchase of Instructional Materials Will Be Easier --Teachers to Get Debit Cards

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Purchase of Instructional Materials Will Be Easier --Teachers to Get Debit Cards


Tuyl, Chris Van, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)


DeSoto County teachers preparing their classrooms for the start of the 2012-13 school year are doing so with the knowledge that help is on the way for purchasing instructional materials.

As part of the passing of Senate Bill 2761 during the last session of the Mississippi Legislature, non-federally funded educators will be issued procurement, or debit cards, to buy incidentals that in years past required stricter bookkeeping measures.

Sometimes you would find an item a good book or good CD that you want to use, said Horn Lake Intermediate School fifth-grade teacher Tamara Wheatley, but you couldn't do it because they weren't a vendor that the county dealt with.

According to the bill signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant in late May, local school boards may authorize each school to issue procurement cards provided by the Department of Finance and Administration for the use of teachers and necessary support personnel in making instructional supply fund expenditures.

The cards will be issued in equal amounts per teacher determined by the total number of qualifying personnel and the current state appropriation for classroom supplies with the Education Enhancement Fund.

The cards, which school officials believe will range between $175 and $225, will expire on a predetermined date at the end of each school year. …

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