Teacher Purchase Cards and School Construction Loan Fund Implemented by Mississippi Lawmakers | Mississippi Politics and Current Affairs

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(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis – October 31, 2015)

Governor Tate Reeves said last week that Mississippi is getting the job done for quality education.

The same week that Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed the landmark teacher pay raise law, lawmakers passed Senate Bills 2422 and 2430 providing additional support for teachers and school leaders. establishment.

Senate Bill 2422 will ensure that teachers receive school supply fund cards before the start of the school year each year, no later than August 1. Legislation states that the cards will not expire until April 1, allowing teachers to use the cards throughout the school year.

“Teachers have shared with me and our senators that they receive money for school supplies late in the semester, which hampers their ability to plan and purchase what they need for instruction before the start of school,” Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann said. “We have included time limits in this bill to prevent this from happening again in the future.”

Senate Bill 2430 create an interest-free revolving loan program for public school buildings. Public schools can receive up to $1 million in a fiscal year for the maintenance of existing buildings.

“This fund is intended to help school districts put a new roof on a leaky building without having to go through the process of issuing bonds or using other funds earmarked for education or programming.” , Hosemann said.

SBs 2422 and 2430 were authored by State Sen. Dennis DeBar (R), chairman of the Senate Education Committee, who was a leader in drafting landmark legislation on employee salary increases. teachers.

“Senate Education Chairman Dennis DeBar developed this plan with input from countless teachers he met with in the fall,” Lt. Gov. Hosemann said in March. “We appreciate Reps. McCarty, Felsher and Owen meeting with Senators DeBar, Bryan and Hopson to finalize the bill and forward it to the governor’s office.”

While signing the teacher pay increase last week, Gov. Tate Reeves said Mississippi is getting the job done for quality education.

“When it comes to providing a quality education for our children, we get the job done,” Gov. Reeves said Thursday. “These salary increases will help solidify Mississippi’s competitive position to not only entice educators to stay in our state, but also to proactively recruit people to move here and teach in our communities. This legislation is a stake in the ground that proudly declares Mississippi’s enduring commitment to supporting our educators and our education system, and I am thrilled to sign it.

Thusday, Speaker of the House Philip Gunn (R) applauded House Education Speaker Richard Bennett (R) along with Representatives Kent McCarty (R), Kevin Felsher (R) and Jansen Owen (R).

“They have worked tirelessly for more than a year to develop a teacher compensation plan aimed at addressing Mississippi’s teacher shortage while providing a historic investment in our state’s public education,” Gunn said. .

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