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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

WJCT's American graduate Champions have a habit of saying terrible things.

I am not a fan of our local public radio station, now don't get me wrong, I enjoy First Coast Connect and think their latest Ed reporter Lindsey Kilbride is solid but their leadership is decidedly anti-public education and it has gotten to the point that they don't even really try to hide it anymore.

Take for instance thier last two American Graduate Award winners, an award given supposedly for service to education, Gary Chartrand and Janet Adkins. There are few people in the state who have done more to damage public education than those two but for some reason WJCT decided to give them awards praising them.

This brings me to their controversial remarks. Three years ago Chartrand made what many considered homophobic remarks.

From the I can’t make this up category, today at Florida’s education summit he said: Florida Board Chairman Gary Chartrand suggested that the state look for a curriculum or instructional materials for Common Core that "align with Florida's values and culture." He said reading lists could upset people; particularly in they mentioned topics such as socialism or homosexuality.

Then it was reported today, Adkins made remarks many consider racist.

When speaking about redistricting, she allegedly said, "You draw in such a fashion, so perhaps a majority or maybe not a majority but a number of them will live in the prisons, thereby not being able to vote."
The comments motivated the Florida Democratic Party to respond, saying she needs to apologize to Brown and the African-American community.

Now I am not a fan of Corine Brown at all but that doesn't stop me from being outraged by Adkins despicable comments.

It's becoming more and more apparent that WJCT doesn't care about education and that all they care about is getting the biggest name that supports the anti-public education agenda to come to their little dinners.

Shame on you WJCT, we deserve better from our public radio station.


  1. If Gary Chartrand is homophobic why do this?

  2. Cover, to appease a family member, to work on his street cred, he is an egomaniac, there are lots of reasons. I didn't make his quote up and it ran in several newspapers.

  3. Not saying you made it up. It was well documented. That being said he does seem to be serving two masters. I'm not sure which ran first--the ad or his statement? I'm hoping he had a change of heart but who knows.