Did Bill Foster laugh at falling graduation rates?


Last week, Mayor Bill Foster was the guest contestant on WQYK’s radio question and answer contest “Veronica’s College of Hollywood Knowledge”(audio link).

Mayor Foster lost against Veronica and “flunked out” of her College of Hollywood Knowledge(which is actually a good thing in our opinion), but what really caught our attention was the banter with the Mayor before the questions started.

He mentioned that he graduated from Northeast High School in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg, Veronica said she went to Osceola High School, to which the Mayor responded “Oh, I’m sorry”, and then one of the hosts said “The Mayor went when there was a 90% graduation rate, it’s a little different now” (We checked, and the 2012 graduation rate at Northeast High School was 62.4%). Then you can clearly hear Foster’s jovial laughter in the background as he says “Yeah”, and no other response is heard from him.

Even though it didn’t sound like it, we are hoping that was just uncomfortable laughter from the Mayor, but for a Mayor that has been named an “Education Mold Breaker”, to make light of a 27% drop in graduation rate, his actions were just plain horrible.

Cross-posted with permission of the Bill Foster Watch.



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