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Florida teacher of the year finalists tout Gov. Rick Scott

Published Jul. 3, 2013

Florida Gov. Rick Scott hasn't been the best friend to the state's teachers during his tenure. He signed into law rules on evaluations, pay and job tenure that the Florida Education Association has sued over. He approved a budget in his first year cutting public education funding by $1 billion.

With his reelection campaign approaching, though, the governor has made a concerted effort to win teacher approval. He pushed hard this spring, for instance, to give across-the-board raises to teachers despite his previous support for merit pay.

Florida's 2014 teacher of the year finalists sound convinced. They're giving him a boost in a YouTube ad for the Republican Party of Florida. The teachers talk about their love of their job, and praise the governor for his role in supporting them.

"The quote in front of my door says, 'Imagine a world where education was the only thing that mattered.' So when you invest in education, the result is going to be a future," said finalist Dorina Sackman of Orange County. "And I think Gov. Scott is a visionary. ... And I think he sees that vision."

"It means a lot to educators as a whole, because we know he listens to us," added finalist Apryl Shackelford of Duval County.

See the ad below.