Gov. Rick Scott met with elementary school teachers and parents as part of a listening tour that could be as much an opportunity to hear ideas for future school policies as it is to repair his image on education as he heads toward a re-election campaign.
Scott and the Republican Party of Florida have aggressively tried to promote his education policy after a first year in office in which education spending was cut by more than $1 billion. The party has paid for ads with Scott talking about his second year in office in which $1 billion was added to education and how he wants to change student testing.
Now he's going to spend the week talking with teachers and parents, starting at Jacksonville's Pinedale Elementary School. Music teacher Gregg Gafford thinks he knows why.
"Publicity," he said. "He's trying to redefine himself on education because we were all displeased with the first year."