JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Mississippi educators could soon be held to a higher standard of conduct.
Thursday, the Department of Education presented a draft of the Educator Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct to the Board of Education.
It defines acceptable behavior between teachers and students, unlawful acts and other areas of professional conduct.
State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tom Burnham says the hope is that the code will protect the health, safety and general welfare of students and educators.
In addition, there is proposed legislation that would provide specific grounds for revocation or suspension of a teacher or administrator's license for sexual misconduct and require local superintendents to report unethical conduct.
The Code of Ethics was developed by a 20 member task force made up of educators, elected officials, community leaders and Department of Education representatives.
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