Miss. lawmakers aim for school efficiency

School teachers would get debit cards to buy classroom supplies under a money-saving measure moving forward in the state Senate.

But a priority of Gov. Phil Bryant – a larger efficiency bill that would require school districts in each county to consolidate back-office services – is moving slowly.

The Senate Education Committee voted Tuesday to mandate that districts use debit cards for employees’ travel and classroom supply purchases. It also calls for districts to pay employees only once a month and to stop issuing paper paychecks.

A report projects the proposal could save more than $8 million, because of the cumbersome purchase order system now in use.