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St. Petersburg mayoral hopeful Rick Kriseman calls out Foster's new program

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August

Minutes before St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster rolled out an education initiative, one of his challengers called the move a “political stunt.”

Foster unveiled what he calls “St. Pete’s Promise.” He describes the partnership with the Pinellas County Schools as a way to turn at-risk students into students with promise by providing the community with opportunities to support students, schools and teachers.

He then presented the scholarship fund with $41,246 in donations from city workers.

Not so fast, says challenger Rick Kriseman.

His campaign called out Foster before his news conference by saying this "appears to be the latest political stunt from the Foster administration.”

Kriseman said Foster’s initiative is simply a new name for the same programs that currently exist.

"It's disappointing that it takes being on the ballot for Mayor Foster to focus on improving our schools the way his predecessor did," Kriseman said in a release.

He then pledged to do better if elected.

“As mayor, I will make sure the city works closely with the public school system to better educate our children and make our schools and neighborhoods safer,” he said.

The primary election is Aug. 27.

[Last modified: Friday, August 2, 2013 12:24pm]

    

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