They are wary, skeptical even, of the man they've mostly seen as an adversary for the past two years. Now, they wait to see what kind of policies Scott proposes for the 2013 legislative session and budget and whether his decisions reflect their advice.
"We were actually thrilled when finally he realized that we are the right persons to go to when you're asking about parents," said Eileen Segal, president of the Florida PTA, who met with the governor a couple of weeks ago. "We're hoping that this is only the first of many conversations."
Segal said she is willing to trust Scott but is waiting to see what he does.
"We're watching," she said. "That's all I can say; we're watching."
Read more about how education advocates are responding to Scott's listening tour here.