Mary Beth Jackson

Pointing to grand-jury reports, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday said he is suspending Okaloosa County schools Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson. DeSantis said “scathing” grand-jury reports alleged “dereliction of duty” by Jackson and that state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran recommended the suspension.

“Superintendent Jackson has failed in her responsibilities to the parents and students of Okaloosa County, as outlined in the letter and grand jury reports presented to me by Commissioner Corcoran,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “Students should feel safe in school and this administration will not tolerate negligence nor incompetence from any government officials, especially those charged with the sacred duty of protecting our children.”

Gov. DeSantis has appointed Marcus Chambers, currently the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, will serve as her replacement.