Why Florida Gov. DeSantis removed 4 elected school officials
Why it matters: It's rare for elected officials to be forcibly removed from their positions. DeSantis already replaced an elected official from office this month.
Catch up quick: A grand jury found Broward County school board members acted "with negligence and incompetence" when they implemented safety measures in the county's schools, per the Washington Post.
- The grand jury said in its investigation report, which was released last week, that the Broward school board officials failed to use an $800 million bond to help provide safety upgrades to schools in the county.
- The jury — which launched the investigation after the Parkland shooting in 2018 — recommended the officials be replaced.
- The governor then appointed four new people to their positions.
- DeSantis' office did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.
What they're saying: “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.”
- “State Attorneys have a duty to prosecute crimes as defined in Florida law, not to pick and choose which laws to enforce based on his personal agenda,” DeSantis said in a statement at the beginning of August.
- DeSantis said the governor can remove elected officials for "misfeasance, malfeasance, neglect of duty, drunkenness, incompetence, permanent inability to perform official duties, or commission of a felony."
- Warren sued DeSantis over his removal, saying the governor did not identify any conduct that should lead to a suspension, Axios' Erin Doherty reports.