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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) suspended four elected school-board members on Friday, after a grand jury found that they had acted with negligence and incompetence in implementing safety measures at schools in Broward County and recommended their removal.
The grand jury investigation was prompted by a 2018 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 people. In its report, released last week, the grand jury said that the Broward school board had mismanaged a program funded by an $800 million bond and failed to deliver on promised projects, including safety upgrades to its schools.
“It is my duty to suspend people from office when there is clear evidence of incompetence, neglect of duty, misfeasance or malfeasance,” DeSantis said in a statement. “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 article was written by Marina Lopes and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com