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Mississippi Board of Education toughens disciplinary policies

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Claims of sex abuse on students by teachers is on the increase, and now state education leaders are taking action.

State Superintendent of Education Tom Burnham and the Mississippi Board of Education announced plans to toughen current board policies and state laws regarding misconduct and license revocation.

"When they began to initiate investigations, these people are resigning, and in reality, moving from one district to another, and it's resurfacing and occurring again in another place," said Burnham.  "And so we're looking at appropriate ways of closing that process."

Dr. Burnham said Texas has made the most progress, and he is looking at implementing some of their policies in the Magnolia State in a recommendation to the board and state legislature.

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