Published: Jan 06, 2011 7:33 PM EST
Updated: Jan 06, 2011 4:33 PM EST

OPA-LOCKA, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott and Michelle Rhee are in South Florida touting their agendas for more education choices.

Rhee is the former head of public schools in Washington, D.C. After she resigned in November, she founded a school improvement group called StudentsFirst. She's known for reform efforts that featured layoffs, school closings and battles with teachers unions.

She said she has committed the organization to work with Florida because Scott shares her focus on having quality teachers, giving parents more options and school accountability.

Rhee was on Scott's education transition team. Scott says Rhee will continue to be his informal education adviser.

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