More money for Mississippi classrooms
Teachers have a little more money to put back into the classroom.
Each year, teachers receive an EEF card with Education Enhancement Funds from the state of Mississippi. Educators can use that money for classroom supplies and instructional equipment.
"We're happy each year to give those cards out to our teachers so they can augment their instructional supplies and just increase student achievement," said Lauderdale County Superintendent Dr. John-Mark Cain.
At Northeast Elementary, teachers are already putting that money to work.
"Yes, I love getting the cards and getting to see what I can use it for in the classroom," 1st grade teacher Stephanie Dial says.
"We use our EEF cards in the classroom to buy technology and also to support with ink and paper," 3rd grade teacher Linda Taylor says.
"This year, I was excited to be able to order 100 new reading books," 1st grade teacher Carla Pierce explains. "We use those for AR."
"This right here helps us as teachers to grow hearts and minds at Northeast Elementary," Taylor says.
Dr. Cain says teachers got just under $400 this year, about $40 more than last year.
"Last year, we were about $355. This year, we're around the $394 mark," he says. "A little bit more for our teachers, our students and our classrooms. Every little bit helps and we're thankful to get each and every dollar that we can."
A survey by the National Center for Education Statistics shows 94 percent of public teachers have spent some of their own money on school supplies.
On average, public school teachers spent $479 of their own money during two years.
Those numbers come from data collected from 2014 to 2016.