Four Florida school board members in Broward County were suspended after failing to rectify safety issues. A grand jury reviewed the irresponsible conduct by board members Patricia Good, Donna Korn, Ann Murray, and Laurie Rich Levinson and recommended Gov. DeSantis suspend all four. The Grand jury found that the members were incompetent, neglected their duty, and misused their authority.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended four members of the Broward County School Board after a recommendation by a Grand Jury due to "incompetence, neglect of duty, and misuse of authority." https://t.co/79oq5u3xqO pic.twitter.com/VJRV3e7OQP
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In 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had a former student kill more than a dozen people. The grand jury report found that the school had still not installed its safety alarm and that the school board members who were suspended were aware of the issue.
The Grand Jury found that the board members also knew about the school safety renovation initiative known as the SMART Program. However, the board members failed to address the issues. The Grand jury addressed their irresponsibility, saying, “students continue to be educated in unsafe, aging, decrepit, moldy buildings that were supposed to have been renovated years ago.”
DeSantis released a statement addressing the suspension:
“It is my duty to suspend people from office when there is clear evidence of incompetence, neglect of duty, misfeasance or malfeasance. The findings of the Statewide Grand Jury affirm the work of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Safety Commission. We are grateful to the members of the jury who have dedicated countless hours to this mission and we hope this suspension brings the Parkland community another step towards justice. This action is in the best interest of the residents and students of Broward County and all citizens of Florida.”