SUBSCRIPT: Chicago censors Board of Education TV tape to cover up for the pseudo 'teacher' who claimed she came from STEM to promote Emanuel's Longer School Day ™

For the past couple of months we've been wondering why after more than 150 years, Chicago's public schools needed a "Chief Communications Officer" (at an annual salary of $165,000 per year) with all the supposed "deficit" stuff we've been hearing since Rahm Emanuel's schools team under Chief Executive Officer Jean-Claude Brizard took over at 125 S. Clark St. in June 2011. But a viewing of the CANTV (Channel 21) version of the September 28, 2011 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education convinces us that, in one way at least, Becky Carroll is earning those megabucks in a job that didn't exist before Rahm decided Chicago's schools needed her (instead of, say, the raise that was in the contract for all those who work in the schools, like the Lane Tech teachers at Carroll's alma mater).

Now we know. Carroll is in the running for the Josef Stalin award for creative historiography, and she's barely begun her career in public education. (Fans will remember that Stalin's people cut off some of the heads of the original Bolsheviks for the Stalin era version of the official Soviet Encyclopedia in 1936, but forgot to cut off the feet, so there are more feet in the picture of the guys who made the 1917 revolution than heads. That was about the same time Stalin was cutting off real heads during the Great Purges, but that's another story.

Why is Becky Carroll, in 2011, in the running for an award that is in memory of a dictator from the 20th Century? Consider how Becky and her minions butchered the tape of the September 28 Board meeting to cover up for one of the frauds they are always pushing on the "public" and Chicago's corporate media.

Becky and her enormous crew in "CPS Communications" worked overtime between September 28, when the Board meeting took place, and October 1, when the official censored version of the Board meeting went on TV.

The most notable piece of work from Chicago's overpaid and undercompetent "Communications" crew is risible (as well as visible) in the case of the pseudo-teacher who spoke in favor of the "Longer School Day," ostensibly from the STEM Elementary Magnet school.

We're talking, of course, about the passionate embrace of the longer school day narrated by a young lady named Cristen Dokic, who was one of the three people chosen by CPS to speak on behalf of the longer school day. At the beginning of her remarks, Dokic (if that's her real name) made clear to the Board that she was speaking as both a teacher and a parent on behalf of the longer school day. She then went through a lengthy narrative about all the good things that the Longer School Day ™ will bring to the teachers and children at STEM.

But as Substance found when one of our reporters interviewed Ms. Dokic (sic) outside the Board chambers, Dokic is not a teacher at STEM or anyplace else in CPS. (Board records confirm this, if "Dokic" is the name of the person who spoke).

So Dokic becomes another one of those pseudo-realities that Rahm has been deploying on behalf of his crusade against the Chicago Teachers Union and pedagogical sanity. She joins the preacher patronage crowd who orchestrated the protest on behalf of "90 More Minutes and Two More Weeks" (that's what the signs read) at the August 24 Board meeting. She also joins the mob that Emanuel's people hired and bused to City Hall to protest on behalf of Emanuel's version of reality on September 8, the day City Council was to vote on that resolution in favor of the Longer School Day ™.

When we confirmed that Dokic was not a teacher, we were too stunned to ask whether she was at least a parent, but didn't ask. So we waited for the Board meeting to reach Cable TV to get Dokic's entire presentation.

Sadly, thanks to Becky Carroll's communications team, it was not to be. Instead of the first twenty seconds of Dokic, the viewer gets a test pattern, then a screech. Finally, Dokic arrives, in mid-presentation, praising the longer school day at STEM. But the part where she claims to be a teacher is cut out.

Carroll left one clue behind when she tried to cover up the latest trail in the Rahm Emanuel purchases. Following Dokic's remarks, Board President David Vitale praises her and her fellow "teachers" for doing the longer school day this year. At least that part wasn't cut from the latests fraud the Emanuel administration is trying to push on to the public, courtesy of those highly paid "communications" experts that are running all over town from City Hall to 125 S. Clark St. and beyond.

Substance still doesn't think CPS needs a $165,000 per year Becky Carroll (especially in light of the fact that CPS never had such a creature or position before). Carroll's predecessor Monique Bond (who was not called that) made lots less than Carroll.

But after watching the "Dokic is a teacher" scam covered up by Carroll's crew, at least the public can know how she's earning her pay.


February 27, 2012 at 10:45 AM

By: Cindy Jones

Becky Carroll

I would love to know if there is any relationship to Molly Carroll who worked for CPS before?

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