Nancy Robbinson announced Thursday the endorsement of the Central Florida Classroom Teachers Association, the teachers union representing 14,000 people in the district she seeks to lead.

The endorsement comes one day after Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs filed to run for the school board chair position. It also follows Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer‘s endorsement of Robbinson, which has set the stage for a high-stakes battle between her and Jacobs.

Robbinson has served on the school board for the past 10 years.

“Nancy has demonstrated over and over again that she stands with public education, teachers, staff, and students, and has been actively involved with making improvements to education on both the local and state levels, Orange County CTA President Wendy Doromal stated in a news release issued by Robbinson’s campaign.

The endorsement comes not just over Jacobs, but over teacher Robert Prater and former teacher and now school administrator Matthew Fitzpatrick.

They all hope to succeed the first person to hold the powerful, county-wide post created about a decade ago, outgoing Chair Bill Sublette.

“Nancy has proven she will fight to ensure the best education for every student and to improve working conditions and salaries for every dedicated OCPS employee,” Doromal added.

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