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Governor suspends Northwest Florida school superintendent

January 11, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is suspending a school superintendent from office after being urged to so by the state’s new education commissioner.

DeSantis removed Okaloosa County School Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson from office Friday and replaced Jackson with Marcus Chambers, an assistant superintendent with the northwest Florida school district.

The Republican governor said Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran asked him to suspend Jackson following two grand jury reports that criticized the superintendent.

Jackson came under fire after a teacher was charged and convicted of abusing students. The grand jury did not indict Jackson, but criticized the school district for failing to report child abuse allegations or teacher misconduct to state officials.

The state Senate will decide whether to remove Jackson permanently or reinstate her.

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