The Tampa Tribune catches up with a few of the teachers featured in a Republican Party of Florida online ad praising Rick Scott. Teachers said they didn’t know their comments would be used in an ad, and one is unhappy about it.
But Apryl Shackelford, a middle school teacher from Duval County, wasn’t pleased when she learned from a reporter she was featured in video urging Scott’s re-election.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to be in any political ad, Democrat or Republican” as a statewide teacher of the year finalist, she said. “It’s inappropriate for me to speak for 8,000 teachers” in Duval County. “I can’t say what party they should choose.”