Saturday, January 29, 2011

Mom Jailed For Sending Kids To School In Another District

Ohio mom Kelly Williams Bolar sent her children to a school near her father’s home which was not their zoned school. Clearly, she broke the law, but this is not unusual.  People are doing it every day throughout the country. The district hired a private investigator, who shot video showing Williams-Bolar driving her children into the district. The school officials asked her to pay $30,000 in back tuition.  When she refused, she was indicted.

What's unusual is the fact that Ms. Bolar, mother of two, was convicted of a felony (fraud) and sentenced to 10 days jail time, 2 or 3 years probation and community service. Clearly this woman is being made an example and is being unjustly treated. Now she is a felon and will bear that burden for the rest of her life. She will never be able to become a teacher, although she is close to completing all the academic requirements.

Meanwhile, not enough is being done to improve our schools, so that all children can get a quality education.  Did I make a mistake or was "Separate but Equal" found to be unconstitutional? Maybe it's okay since poor schools are racially mixed and all those students bear the burden of being poorly educated.  manwhile we expect and accept reductions is funding for Education, high drop out rates, and our falling standing in the world's rankings.

We can argue about whether she was right or wrong, but that's not the issue. Punishing Ms. Bolar will not change the quality of education in disadvantaged schools. Personally I hope Ohio Governor John Kasich will pardon Ms. Bolar and that the country will begin to invest in our children's education.

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