Suspended Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools resigns

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - After months of scrutiny, suspended Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools Mary Beth Jackson has resigned.

Former Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools Mary Beth Jackson has resigned. (WJHG/WECP)

Jackson was suspended by Governor Ron DeSantis in January after special needs children in her district were reportedly abused by teachers. The governor's attorneys say Jackson was aware of the abuse and did not take action.

The Florida Senate was scheduled to determine whether Jackson should be permanently removed from office or reinstated sometime in the fall, but now following her resignation, it has deemed "no further action" is needed.

Current Okaloosa County Superintendent Marcus Chambers issued a statement saying, “When Mrs. Jackson was removed from office six months ago, the school district began the process of moving ahead. I have had confidence in the Governor and his staff from the beginning to handle this matter keeping the best interests of students as the priority. Today marks the culmination of a challenging period in our school district, and I have been extremely proud of the performance of our students, teachers and staff.

Our focus is on providing the very best education we can for our students. We are either moving forward or moving backwards as a school district. We choose to move forward.”

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