State ed officials seek stronger misconduct laws

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi education leaders say incidents of sexual misconduct by school employees with students often go unreported.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that state officials hope to fix that. Education officials are seeking more authority to revoke or suspend licenses of offenders and penalize those who don’t report the unethical behavior.

They have given state lawmakers a proposal for a bill that would amend existing statutes.

Tom Burnham, superintendent of education, says the proposed changes would put Mississippi among a few states pioneering similar safeguards.