Eight Mississippi educators have surrendered their licenses after being notified that they had violated a state standard against sexual misconduct with students. A ninth educator's license has been revoked.
State education official, Cindy Coon, says 11 similar cases are pending. She says that in 2010, the department acted in eight such cases, only one of which was reported by a school district.
All 20 cases last year resulted from reports sent by school districts since a new state law went into effect in April.
A month earlier, the state Board of Education approved an ethics code and conduct standards for teachers.