Should it be a felony to lie to enroll your children in school?

I am torn over the story of the Ohio woman sentenced to 10 days in jail — she was released this week  after serving all but one day — for lying to send her two girls to a better public school system.

Kelley Williams-Bolar of Akron used her father’s address to enroll her children in the Copley-Fairlawn schools. To great national debate last week, she was sentenced to 10 days in jail after a jury convicted her of two felony counts of record tampering.  Williams-Bolar lied on school registration forms and free lunch forms to enroll her daughters into the Copley-Fairlawn schools in August 2006.

Despite her deceit, the single mother who was in college to be a teacher has engendered sympathy for her desire to send her children to the best schools possible. Now, her felony convictions mean she cannot become a teacher in Ohio, which has set off a furor. (The judge taking the heat for that points to the prosecutor’s office, which she says refused again and again to reduce the charges to misdemeanors.)

I can see both sides of this issue. Williams-Bolar wanted the best school system possible for her kids. So do the people of Copely-Fairlawn, who pay very high taxes to their schools.

Because we have a system of school funding that depends both on the wealth of a community and the will of its residents to pay higher taxes, we have uneven support for schools. At the very least, this story shows the urgent need for a review of how we fund schools.

Consider this column by Akron Beacon Journal columnist Bob Dyer:

I have a particular interest in this case because I am one of the 21,000 people living in the Copley-Fairlawn district. In other words, Kelley Williams-Bolar stole money from my pocket.  I have paid Copley property taxes for more than two decades. Lots of Copley property taxes — 53 percent of which go directly to the Copley school system. I’m willing to pay those big dollars because Copley has a great school system, identified by the state as ”Excellent With Distinction,” the top category.

Williams-Bolar dipped into another pocket as well. Because I work in Akron, I pay city income tax, some of which supports the Akron school system’s massive reconstruction project. Akron is where Williams-Bolar’s kids belonged. Because she sent them elsewhere, APS lost out on state money it otherwise would have received (three times the amount Copley receives per kid).

Living in Copley or Fairlawn is hardly cost-prohibitive. Housing runs the gamut, from stately mansions to glorified shacks. A two-bedroom apartment was listed last week on Ohio.com for $610. A three-bedroom house in the district recently sold for $63,800.

If your children’s education is really your primary concern, move.

On the other hand, here is what Syracuse University scholar Boyce Watkins had to say in his blog:

When I read about this case, a few thoughts went through my mind. First, it’s clear that the court is trying to make Kelly Williams-Bolar into an example. Even the judge in the case, Patricia Cosgrove, said that her sentence was appropriate ‘’so that others who think they might defraud the school system perhaps will think twice.”

Secondly, it’s interesting how courts find it convenient to make someone into an example when they happen to be poor and black. I’d love to see how they prosecute wealthy white women who commit the same offense. Oh, I forgot: Most wealthy white women don’t have to send their kids to the schools located near the projects.

Third, I’m not sure why the court is treating this law-abiding mom like a thug who ran into a building with a shotgun and robbed the district of $30,000. Instead, they could simply subtract the amount it costs for her kids to go to the second school from the amount that would be spent for them to attend the first one. I’m sure the difference would still be substantial, since American educational apartheid dictates that schools in poorer neighborhoods are of significantly less quality than other schools. The racial divisions within American schools are nothing less than a blatant and consistent human rights violation and should certainly be treated as such.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled

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APS- A PONY SHOW

January 26th, 2011
6:34 pm

Yes, this is a problem…and “certain” children get in the APS schools on the NORTHSIDE in very similar ways. I have the past directories of names and addresses of children for Warren T. Jackson Elementary. Would you like to put all those families in jail, too?
Parents are forced to play this political game…and some LEADERS in APS take advantage of it and make a PROFIT with donations to the PRINCIPAL FUND to keep it a secret.
http://www.TopPublicSchoolCorruptionAtlanta.com

Jenn

January 26th, 2011
6:42 pm

First of all the woman is not “law-abiding” if she’s breaking the law. I wonder if she was involved in her children’s education, involved in the school, or was it just more convenient because she had free after care. I wonder if her children were good students, well-behaved, good citizens. I can’t imagine them throwing her out and then going after her if she was involved and the kids were good students.

APS- A PONY SHOW

January 26th, 2011
6:42 pm

I have the directories -names and addresses since 2001 to the current year 2011.
Monitored closely…and the teachers in these northside schools would not dare to speak up for fear of RETALIATION. Do you think they should tell? I don’t think so.

But, I did file a recent complaint to the “OFFICE of CIVIL RIGHTS”…Still waiting for them to start their investigation. Maybe some of the ethical people on this blog can file a complaint, too. Of course you will need to be willing to sign your name to the complaint.

Janice

January 26th, 2011
6:48 pm

Yes, it should be. Otherwise, what else are you teaching children? This isn’t a case of the ends justifying the means, especially if this woman wanted to teach herself. I think it’d be hard for her to discuss/teach the merits of honestly (even in plagiarism) knowing that she herself had lied.

Mrs.K

January 26th, 2011
6:48 pm

I understand both sides as well.
Just think her dad who lives and pays the taxes in the Copley-Fairlawn school district.and his childeren are grown. I don’t understand why “examples” are made why is there not a grid you commet crime XXX you serve this much time. The “examples” allow for far too many personal feelings.

LA teacher 2

January 26th, 2011
6:54 pm

This happens every day in every school system….much in the way people lie on free lunch forms; but I digress…

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Ginny Moss

January 26th, 2011
7:02 pm

Kelley’s father did live in the “right” school district, so he was paying taxes – and had no kids in school. This whole thing is just ridiculous – “straining at a nat, and swallowing a camel”. I think the people of the “high rent” school district should all raise the money to give to this woman who has the backbone to work and get an education to become a teacher. A woman who actually cares about her children’s education. I hope she doesn’t lose heart. Hey, Kelley, move to Oklahoma to teach – we desperately need good teachers.

Jenn

January 26th, 2011
7:09 pm

@Ginny…..how hard would it have been for the woman to actually live at her father’s home? Had she done that she would not have been lying, would have been allowed at the school. She chose to live somewhere else and lie. She should be rewarded with other people’s money now because she had the “backbone to work” and support her own children. WOW!! Why don’t you pony up some money and support her you thinks she’s such a role model. She is a liar. I read the article on her. She was given the opportunity to leave and pay the money. She refused. Why do other people need to take responsibility for HER children? She should have moved in with her dad or given him guardianship to make it legal. She chose to sneak and got caught. Again I would be REALLY surprised to hear that she or her children added anything to the school. Daddy was free after school care while Mommy went to school.

Top School

January 26th, 2011
7:15 pm

@ jenn …This is the very reason this does not work. The laws do not apply to everyone when some systems have secret underground attendance systems. The same reason why “some” Hispanic children would be allowed to attend APS Northside Schools and some would be bussed to APS-Garden Hills Elementary School.

You can’t open a Pandora’s Box on this topic and only allow certain issues to be discussed. The idea that someone has to be “involved in their child’s education” “a good student”.
is the very reason why separate but equal system still is VERY MUCH part of the problem.
ALL children deserve the opportunity to a GOOD EDUCATION REGARDLESS OF THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES.

Many MINORITY parents in APS sold their soul and paid money out of their pocket to attend WARREN T. JACKSON Elementary and many other Northside schools. Minorities are willing to hide and keep this ugly secret accepting that this is how the system works.

Ask Ralph Long how it works. He attended Morris Brandon Elementary. He can tell you how it worked and many of the minority families attending these Northside schools can tell you “how it works”. But you will need to be “connected” and keep the Northside secret.

Katrina

January 26th, 2011
7:17 pm

She gambled and lost. She signed a form that explicitly said her kids would be removed from the district and she’d be fined back tuition…and that jail time was a possibility. She signed it anyway. I see what she was trying to do, but she went about it all wrong.

An article I read about this said she lived in the projects. If she really did, why not move into her father’s home (in a better neighborhood) and simply live there?

Katrina

January 26th, 2011
7:20 pm

Lisa

January 26th, 2011
7:35 pm

I don’t think anyone is arguing with the fact that policies were broken. The question remains does the puninshment fit the crime? I feel everyone should be held accountable for their infractions BUT EQUALLY. The Superintendent of the school system HIMSELF publicly admitted that this IS NOT the first case of a nonresident receiving education in the district. That’s an infraction. However, the issues were resolved without criminal charges being brought forth. Even if, in those cases, the families chose to leave quietly and reimburse the school system, IT’S STILL AN INFRACTION. The court has now set precedence for the treatment of future instances. Going forward, all parents should be criminally prosecuted regardless of their ability or willingness to reimburse the school system. It is all about fair treatment across the board.

Top School

January 26th, 2011
7:47 pm

@ janice Where did honesty come to the table? RACE to the TOP- Options: “cheat” or “copy”…I think our education leaders right here in Atlanta have displayed some of the most dishonest, unethical qualities of any criminal…and the Step UP SOCIETY is still propping them up so they can ask for their political favors. Honesty went out the door when we got out of the car to pump our own gas…HONESTY? ETHICS? Our leadership does not display these qualities …It’s a FIGHT till you drop mentality …and at a Race to the Top someone is going to get knocked down.

catlady

January 26th, 2011
7:48 pm

Well, it is theft, probably felony theft of services, the way schools are currently funded, at least here in Georgia. In Ohio, who knows? She could have moved into the neighborhood if she had chosen to.

Example: My house is a 3br, 1 1/2 bath on over 2 acres. My school taxes are less than $400 per year. (This is true) Any of you in a similar situation? Now, let’s say that the folks near where I work would pay about $7000 per year on tax on a similar piece in the next county. You think I should drive by and drop my kid off (perhaps overcrowding your school)? I mean, I want to improve myself, and my kids are good students. You don’t mind, do you?

The problem isn’t just the lying/theft of service. The problem is, I am claiming a service that may put the kids whose parents do pay the tab at a disadvantage due to crowding.

Perhaps we should move toward a common millage rate statewide?

Time for School Choice in Midtown

January 26th, 2011
7:49 pm

I too can see both sides of the story. It is unfortunate that APS only has a handful of high schools making AYP, aside from the current investigations. A felony is a bit harsh, but does it take an example of this Ohio mom to wake people up? I don’t think it will matter in APS. APS make make parents sign an affidavit of residence, but people just lie. It is obvious, when you see license plates from Clayton County and others in the car pool lanes. It is unlikely that they are paying the APS tuition of over $15,000 per year. Yes, some could be APS employees, but that would be a small percentage.

Has APS ever prosecuted someone for filing a false affidavit?

Some local school districts will challenge the so called educational guardianship in court!

Considering the APS mess, school choice and options should be put on the table. We pay high taxes and what do we get in return? So many neighbors are talking about moving out of the city right now.

It is so bad in Atlanta, that I cannot fault a mother for lying on her address to get her children a better education. Get all of the central office staff’s kids out of Inman and Grady and send them to other schools that have been transformed

ABC

January 26th, 2011
7:51 pm

If she wanted a better school system she should move to one. PERIOD.

I’m sick of this. If the father’s address was the “right” one, the children should have lived with him. She lied and stole. Not only she got a free ride at a good school, she also got free food for her kids. This is crap.

AlreadySheared

January 26th, 2011
7:51 pm

” Instead, they could simply subtract the amount it costs for her kids to go to the second school from the amount that would be spent for them to attend the first one. I’m sure the difference would still be substantial, since American educational apartheid dictates that schools in poorer neighborhoods are of significantly less quality than other schools. The racial divisions within American schools are nothing less than a blatant and consistent human rights violation and should certainly be treated as such.”

Ha! There’s absolutely NO guarantee that the bad school’s per-pupil expenditiures are lower than the good school’s. Atlanta pays TOP DOLLAR on a per-pupil basis, but APS contains many poor to mediocre schools that might well induce a parent to lie or cheat to save their kids from their zoned school.

Janet

January 26th, 2011
7:55 pm

I have never heard of anything like this in my life. As a former NUN I can’t believe what I have read in these comments!!! No one in Akron seems to have a soul they are afraid of losing. Can’t anyone help send these children to Catholic school!!! People have money in Ohio tell then to use it. This family needs H*E*L*P not jail. I beg the mother to become a teacher and teach in a religious school. They would love to have the whole family.

Allen

January 26th, 2011
7:56 pm

So she “engendered sympathy for her desire to send her children to the best schools possible.”

I wonder if she would have engendered such sympathy for trying toi get the best for her kids if she’d crossed over from Mexico.

That is, after all, how more “succesful’ school districts view inerlopers from other districts–as illegal ‘immigrants.’

Courtney

January 26th, 2011
7:58 pm

She is a criminal. Suck it up and do the time.

BAEO

January 26th, 2011
8:05 pm

We are writing to express outrage at the circumstances that led to the prosecution and conviction of Kelley Williams-Bolar. As reported in the Akron Beacon Journal, Williams-Bolar was found guilty and sentenced severely for an act that defied the strict letter of the law but does not defy reason. She sent her daughters to schools outside her district of residence.

Ohio law says that if you live in Akron, you must send your children to your neighborhood school, even if it is a failing school and regardless of whether you feel your child would get a better education and stand a better chance of success elsewhere. The law says you’re stuck-unless you’re wealthy enough to opt out or fortunate enough to get into a high-performing charter school or to get selected for one of only 14,000 EdChoice scholarships available state-wide.

Williams-Bolar is not wealthy, so paying private school tuition for her two children was not an option, nor could she afford to move out of public housing and into a district with better schools. To be fair, Ohio has done more than most states in terms of providing options for parents whose children need better educational opportunities. But clearly, more could and should be done. In far too many states, however, these parents have no choice at all. It is high time we change the laws that force low-income and working-class families to choose between playing by the rules and doing what’s best for their children.

Earlier this month, our nation honored the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., and this week, BAEO joins families, educators, and advocacy groups coast to coast in celebrating National School Choice Week. The Williams-Bolar case is a sober reminder that Dr. King’s dream remains unrealized, and parental choice is the most pressing civil rights issue of our time. Every child deserves access to a quality education, and as Dr. King said, we must act with the fierce urgency of now.

Today, Kelley Williams-Bolar is serving a jail sentence for pursuing a better educational option for her daughters. Meanwhile, her children must-like thousands of other low-income students of color-endure a sentence of their own: consignment to unsafe, underperforming schools in close proximity to their homes, year after year. There is no justice here.

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Kevin P. Chavous is the Chair and Kenneth Campbell is the President of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO). BAEO is a national, non-profit membership organization whose mission is to increase access to high-quality education options for Black children by actively supporting parental choice policies and programs that empower low-income and working-class Black families.

For more information on BAEO visit http://www.baeo.org.

Teacher Reader

January 26th, 2011
8:05 pm

I bought my house looking into schools more than anything else. I pay higher taxes because my home was worth more because of the schools and location. Homes in my district who have lower property value also have lower performing schools and pay much lower taxes than myself.

This mother stole from the other children whose parents pay taxes that go to this school system. Jail might have been harsh, but she should have had to pay the tuition (cost per pupil) for each child of hers attending the school for as many years as she stole.

For those who think that she would be a good teacher, I highly question that. If she would lie to educate her own children, what would she do to show that her students were making gains in their learning? I would not higher her if I were a principal and I would not want her teaching my children.

Buckeye in ATL

January 26th, 2011
8:08 pm

Property schools taxes are very high in many areas of OH. Many people move to specific areas and pay lots of money for a home plus high property taxes. Most of those tax dollars say local for the schools. Teachers who live outside but often work in better school district have to pay for their children to go to better schools.

As a former central OH resident, I applaud the efforts to crack down on bucking the system. It is not unusual for PI’s to be hired and kick offenders out. I am sure this woman is using the media to gain sympathy, but in OH and many places that people pay high taxesm it just will fall on deaf ears.

What kind of “good mother” teaches her children dishonesty by breaking rules? All she had to do is physically move in with her father. It is a shame that our society holds dishonest people like this “good mother” as some sort of hero. I bet those that priase her actions are hiding dishonesty themselves! Shame and pity on you!

Lee R

January 26th, 2011
8:11 pm

ABSOLUTELY NOT!This is pure racism as far as I am concerned. How many white families have in the past done the exact same thing or similar. Where do you hear that a white single mother was jailed for lieing about district boundaries to enroll her children in Copley-Fairlawn School District? or for that matter, I am sure that goes on across white wealthy American schools and districts in which they are located in. This is pure RACISM again white supremest involvement to show AMERICA that BLACKS AND HISPANICS WILL LOSE THE BATTLE EVERYTIME MINORITIES STEP IN THEIR TERRITORY OR INVADE THEIR SPACE! The Judge and board members, superintendent are racist. They do not want blacks, Mexicans or minorities in their schools. Again this is the segregation that was protested in the 60’s and in the Rosa Parks Days! Kelly, you are not a criminal in my view. You are my hero and you are the ROLE MODEL EXAMPLE of a parent that most parents should model after and do the best for their children. However, I do not blame this mother for doing what she did. Because, I have also been in disadvantages as this mom was. It is hard to send your children to their appropriate school that they belong in in accordance to district boundaries. However, some schools are at a disadvantage because parents, kids in the community don’t care and education is not a priority in that particular school district. What about the families that value education as such this woman, Kelly. Does anyone that cares for their kids want their children to be deprived of an education. This is why school districts like the Copley-Fairlawn schools have success because they have parents who care and are active in the school system and are working and spending time with their kids. I see this mother as a caring person who wants to the best for her kids. Get rid of the racists in the Copley-Fairlawn School District. The world is better off without them. Don’t vote for that judge who sentenced this woman to jail and ruined her chances of becoming a teacher because she has a felony on her record. I HATE WHITE RACISTS. NOT WHITES! I HATE RACISM! I encourage minorities to fight hard and take this case to the supreme court. These white b*astards can not control our destiny and fate. FIGHT THEM. NOT WITH VIOLENCE! OHIO- CALL YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS, CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN! STAND UP! CHANGE THE LAWS! WE ARE NOT A MINORITY NO MORE. THESE WHITE PEOPLE ARE THREATNED BECAUSE WE HAVE THE VOTES AND TURN OUT IN NUMBERS TO GET RID OF THEM. THESE WHITE IDIOTS STAND UP FOR SEGGREGATION AND RACISM! WHITE POWER THAT’S WHAT THEY SAY! Look, we voted in the first African American President of the United States. You don’t think our votes can get rid of judges like this white snob! You don’t think we have enough votes to get rid of the Copley-Fairlawn board and superintendent. Stand Up AMERICANS AGANIST RACISM!

@ BAEO

January 26th, 2011
8:14 pm

I am not sure what Williams-Bolar’s race has to do with anything. She could have moved in with her father. She could have let her children live at her father’s house. She made a poor decision and the law has spoken and she must pay her time for the crime that she committed.

I guess it’s okay for a poor person to rob a bank as well instead of get a job and work for what they have. I am sorry but this is not the case. She had other choices. She chose to be dishonest and now must pay for her dishonesty.

Buckeye in ATL

January 26th, 2011
8:15 pm

“It is high time we change the laws that force low-income and working-class families to choose between playing by the rules and doing what’s best for their children.”

Sorry – but if the overwhelming majority of my tax dollars are staying local to pay for schools in my district, outsiders are NOT allowed. This woman should have fought for her tax dollars to stay more local as well.

Even as a teacher she would have been required to pay into those better schools if she did not live there. States with higher property taxes do this all the time, and this lawbreakers knew what she was doing!

Buckeye in ATL

January 26th, 2011
8:18 pm

“This is pure racism as far as I am concerned”

Yes, this “good mother” is using her race to gain sympathy and break laws. Shame on her, especially for teaching her children it’s okay to be dishonest.

NWGA teacher

January 26th, 2011
8:19 pm

That’s nuts. It could have been handled by inviting the woman to enroll her children in their own district. Who decided to prosecute? “We need to make an example of this woman. Let’s destroy her life and that of her children. That’ll teach them.” It taught them, all right. It taught her children how to hate.

Time for School Choice in Midtown

January 26th, 2011
8:22 pm

It comes down to choice. She could not choose to send her kids to move with her father. She is the custodial guardian, not her father. There are serious implications that are not being realized or discussed here. If her father takes guardianship, he is responsible for their well being and the kids become a tax deduction for the grandfather, not the mother. The mother lives in public housing, so she needs to claim the kids as dependents. Who are you to assume the grandfather is available, or willing, to baby sit her kids. This women is stuck in public housing, until she can get her degree to get a better job. Which we know she was attempting to do. It comes down to choice. Allow her to take the full per pupil allotment from the old district to the new. Apparently, it is a lot more money. If the money follows the child to another district or private school, that will get the attention of the poor performing school district. I wish that would happen here in Atlanta.

Buckeye in ATL

January 26th, 2011
8:24 pm

“It is so bad in Atlanta, that I cannot fault a mother for lying on her address to get her children a better education.”

Apples and oranges comparison. Try living in these high taxed states and you’ll see the difference.
What this mother did was stupid because she was destined to get caught. Private investigative firms that do this sort of work for schhol districts are the norm. This lady is using the media to gain sympathy for something that happens all the time!

Even teachers have to pay extra to send their kids to better schools, even if they teach there.

Allen

January 26th, 2011
8:25 pm

Here in Georgia, is the root of the problem, DeKalb being the case du jour: “I pay higher taxes because my home was worth more because of the schools and location.”

You should not be paying higher taxes, at least not on the basis if which school building is closest to your address. All other things being equal, if your kid goes to a district school system (as opposed to a separate system, such as Decatur vs DeKalb) your tax rate should be the same from Dunwoody to Lithonia. A 2400 sq. ft home built n 1996 in Dunwoody should assess for the same rate as the same home in Lithonia, at least on the basis of schools, and the schools should receive the same educational resources in Dunwoody, Lithonia, and all places between.

What is so damned difficult about this idea?

@ NWGA Teacher

January 26th, 2011
8:26 pm

The problem is that her kids are hating the wrong wrong doer. They should be upset with their mother for being dishonest, not with the law for prosecuting their mother for being dishonest and unlawful.

The problem with many in our society is that they do something to break a law and are quick to blame someone else instead of taking responsibility for their actions. It’s so easy to blame someone else, than it is to look at one’s self and say “Hey, I screwed up.”

redhousecat

January 26th, 2011
8:27 pm

http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/01/26/ohio-mom-jailed-for-sending-her-kids-to-a-better-school/

according to TIME, she was also working as a teaching asst for special needs kids. You guys are are so quick to jump on her as ASSume so much.

Sure she broke the law, like about 95% of Americans in one form or another. Why they chose to sneakingly (PI) investigate her and not others is beyond me. I am more than willing to bet, had they come right out and asked her (calling her out) and letting her know the repercussions if she does not come honest, she would have owned up to it and they could have dealt with it that way.

Instead, they chose to hire a PI to sneak around. You guys want to complain that she used her race to be dishonest. The school system clearly singled out this black woman without investigating other, possibly white criminals.

ABC

January 26th, 2011
8:28 pm

So let me get this straight. Let’s say I am an Ohio resident of this “good” district. This woman has taken MY money in three ways:

1. By sending her children to a school MY tax dollars (NOT HERS) are funding
2. By getting free lunches for her children, once again with MY tax dollars.
3. She lives in public housing, AGAIN using my tax dollars.

And we wonder why people are upset??????????? 10 days is nothing for the amount of money she stole. And YES SHE STOLE IT.

Buckeye in ATL

January 26th, 2011
8:28 pm

“It could have been handled by inviting the woman to enroll her children in their own district”

Investigate further. They offer to do that some time ago, but she decided to continue the dishonest approach. Again, another liberal media story fashioned to gain public sympathy from the masses.

Where’s the father in this story?

@ Allen

January 26th, 2011
8:29 pm

A home in Dunwoody and other areas of central DeKalb are worth more than a home in Lithonia. Have you looked at the number of foreclosures in Lithonia and South DeKalb. These foreclosures have brought the home values in these areas down even lower than what they were.

Look at two homes of the same size in 30033 and 30034 zip codes. The home in 30033 is worth about $100,000 more, if not more depending on the neighborhood/school, than one in 30034. Those are the facts.

Time for School Choice in Midtown

January 26th, 2011
8:30 pm

Bucky, We pay very high taxes here in Atlanta also. Atlanta Public Schools does not use private investigation firms. APS contracts with the Atlanta Public Police and hires their detectives. Guess who is a big offender of these affidavits? Families of Police and school employees themselves.
Try reporting a lying family who is a police officer in Atlanta. A hired Atlanta Police detective is not going to cross the blue line and turn his fellow cop in. Atlanta is corrupt and does not seem to be improving.

Helena

January 26th, 2011
8:31 pm

I stopped reading the comments on another blog’s post because of the pervasive attitude there that a low-income school must be so horrifying that no parent in their right mind should be forced to send their child to that hellhole. Given the usual tenor of the Get Schooled commenters, I expected this would be more balanced — that kids in non-AYP schools can still have great teachers and provide a good education, no matter what the NCLB numbers say. I’m saddened to scroll through the comments here and see more bashing of teachers like me who work so hard in low-income schools for kids whose parents should’ve moved to get away from us.

Buckeye in ATL

January 26th, 2011
8:31 pm

“Sure she broke the law, like about 95% of Americans in one form or another”

Speak for yourself, but not for me! What trash – coming on the Internet and bragging about your dishonesty. I am sure many other Americans would be pissed you put them in your lower rung category. Pity!

No Racism Here

January 26th, 2011
8:35 pm

When I was growing up across the river in Pennsylvania from Trenton, NJ. The school district hired PI’s to investigate students whose parents had NJ license plates and those suspected of not living where they said they were. Many families were caught and withdrawn out of the district. Most of these families were black or Hispanic. There was no racism going on, there was a district who was dealing with over crowding and not wanting students who were not living in their town stealing space, money and education from those that did.

I am sure that there is more to this story than we know. The news media only tells us what they want to know and doesn’t always give us all of the facts.

Shell

January 26th, 2011
8:45 pm

I have feel bad for this women but she lied. I pay 12K taxes a year and and more than 50% go towards the school. However, you can get a less expensive house or apartment and go to our school for MUCH cheaper! I can’t believe she is going to school for teaching and could not figure out a better way to get her kids in this school. She is teaching a bad lesson. Do I think she should be in jail? No. Should be a better way to resolve this.

Lee R

January 26th, 2011
8:46 pm

Check this out. HERE IN ALBUQUERQUE NM WHERE I LIVE, THERE IS A SCHOOL- RIO GRANDE HIGH SCHOOL THAT HAS ONE OF THE MOST COMPETITIVE BASEBALL PROGRAMS IN THE STATE! THE COACH IS ONE OF THE BEST BASEBALL COACH IN NEW MEXICO! MANY KIDS TRANSFER TO RIO GRANDE HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE TO PLAY ON THE BASEBALL TEAM AT RIO GRANDE HIGH SCHOOL. HOWEVER, IF A STUDENT PLAYS OR PARTICIPATES IN A SPORT AT A PARTICULAR SCHOOL, THEY MUST ATTEND THAT SCHOOL WHERE THEY PLAY OR PARTICIPATE IN. IS THIS THEFT SERVICES? MANY WHITE FAMILIES ARE SENDING THEIR KIDS TO RIO GRANDE HIGH SCHOOL BECAUSE OF THE BASEBALL PROGRAM. BUY THE WAY, THIS SCHOOL IS IN THE BARRIO AS THEY SAY. BUT IT’S ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IS AVERAGE AND COMPETITIVE THROUGHOUT THE ALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. SO IT’S THE SAME AS OTHER APS SCHOOLS AS FAR AS ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IS CONCERNED. BUT, THE BASEBALL PROGRAM IS IN THE TOP 5 IN THE STATE AS FAR COMPETITION IS CONCERNED. SO, HERE’S THE DEAL- FAMILIES, WHITE, BLACK, HISPANIC THAT WANT THE BEST FOR THEIR KIDS HAVE THE RIGHT TO PURSUE THAT AMERICAN DREAM! LOOK, THIS IS A PUBLIC SCHOOL THAT IS FUNDED BY FEDERAL TITLE 4 FUNDS, STATE FUNDING AND AS LONG AS YOU ARE A RESIDENT OF OHIO, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO PUT YOU CHILDREN IN ANY SCHOOL THAT IS FUNDED BY FEDERAL AND STATE MONIES. SUCH AS HERE IN THE GOOD OLE STATE OF NM. IF YOU ARE A RESIDENT OF NM, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE THE SCHOOL THAT YOU KID CAN ATTEND IF ROOM IS AVAILABLE EVEN IF IT IS OUT OF THE DISTRICT. WE DO NOT DISCRIMINATE AGANIST WHITES, BLACKS, CHINESE, HISPANICS OR ANY PERSON TO ATTEND OUR SCHOOLS. THE BOTTOM LINE, THE KIDS THAT ARE PLAYING BASEBALL AT RIO GRANDE HIGH SCHOOL, MADE THE BASEBALL TEAM AND ARE ATTENDING RIO GRANDE HIGH SCHOOL AND THAT’S GOOD ENOUGH! NO ONE IS COMPLAINING ESPECIALLY THE FOLKS THAT LIVE IN THE RIO GRANDE SCHOOL DISTRICT! SUCK IT UP. THE POINT IS- THE COPLEY- FAIRLAWN SCHOOL DISTRICT IS A PUBLIC INFRASTUCTURE FUNDED BY FEDERAL AND OHIO APPROPRIATED FUNDS. RESIDENTS OF OHIO IN MY OPINION HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE ANY PUBLIC SCHOOL THEY WANT THEIR KIDS TO ATTEND WITHIN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICIES AND GUIDELINES!!!!! IF YOU PEOPLE IN THE COPLEY-FAIRLAWN SCHOOL DISTRICT CAN NOT UNDERSTAND THAT, FUND WITH YOU WHITE MONEY PRIVATE SCHOOLS. THAT IS THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN PICK AND ENROLL THE STUDENTS YOU WANT IN THE SCHOOL. BUT, DON’T TAKE PUBLIC DOLLARS (FEDERAL OR STATE MONEY) TO PAY FOR ANY OF YOUR PRIVATE SCHOOL COSTS AND EXPENSES. DO IT ON YOUR OWN!!!! YOU SEE! THIS IS THE BEAUTY OF AMERICA. WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO WHATEVER WE WANT LEGALLY! SO, IF I WANT ONLY MEXICANS IN MY SCHOOL, THEN I WOULD HAVE TO FUND THE WHOLE BILL. THE COST OF THE BUILDING, INSURANCE, OPERATIONAL COSTS, STAFF ETC ETC ETC (YOU GET THE POINT) AND THEN I HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE CERTAIN STUDENTS FOR MY SCHOOL BECAUSE I PAID FOR IT ! AND IT IS MY SOLE RIGHT! DO YOU UNDERSTAND NOW????? IF YOU DON’T, THEN MAYBE, YOU NEED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND FIND OUT WHAT INDEPENDENCE IS. IT COST SOMETHING TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE AND BE INDEPENDENT. PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO DISCRIMINATE AND USE THE TAX THING TO KEEP BLACKS AND HISPANICS OUT OF THEIR SCHOOL DISTRICT WHILE THE COPLEY-FAIRLAWN SCHOOL DISTRICT IS PUBLICALLY FUNDED BY (FEDERAL AND STATE MONEY) THIS WOMAN THAT THEY PUT IN JAIL PAYS TAXES AND HER TAX MONEY IS BEING DISTRIBUTED TO THE COPLEY-FAIRLAWN SCHOOL DISTRICT. CERTAINLY, IN THE CASE OF HER FATHER, HE DEFINTELY PAYS TAXES AND HIS GRAND KIDS HAVE THE RIGHT TO ATTEND THAT SCHOOL. DON’T USE THE LEGAL SYSTEM TO DISCRIMINATE AND SHOW YOUR HATRED YOU GOT IT? GOOD.

Buckeye in ATL

January 26th, 2011
8:47 pm

“Bucky, We pay very high taxes here in Atlanta also. Atlanta Public Schools does not use private investigation firms. APS contracts with the Atlanta Public Police and hires their detectives. Guess who is a big offender of these affidavits? Families of Police and school employees themselves.
Try reporting a lying family who is a police officer in Atlanta. A hired Atlanta Police detective is not going to cross the blue line and turn his fellow cop in. Atlanta is corrupt and does not seem to be improving.”

Your example of what APS and ATL Police are doing is corrupt and racist. Taxes on a mansion in Buckhead would probably be similiar to a $500K home in a very good OH school district. I know, I paid those OH property taxes for many years!

redhousecat

January 26th, 2011
8:47 pm

Buckeye, you put my husband’s Alma mater to shame. You know what I mean, surely you understand rhetoric…….I have received a speeding ticket or two (i broke the law). Sue me. Many, many americans have. Many, many have done far worse. Many, Many have done the exact same thing this woman did.

So step out of your little Utopia and welcome to the real world.

In the meantime, this woman broke the law, just like many, many Americans. It could have been avoided, on both ends of the spectrum.

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redhousecat

January 26th, 2011
8:52 pm

I feel there are ways to avoid this in the future, but, I’m not a subject matter expert on this. I don’t know about Georgia, but in other states (prior to the Bush era) many school districts allowed for choice as long as there was room and as long as the parent could get the kid to school. If the school was full, per se, their request for transfer was denied and the parent sought another school or sucked up their current situation.

Why can’t this be done these days? Is the concept a bit too simple?

Louis in Houston Texas

January 26th, 2011
9:00 pm

There is no way that young woman should be treated like this. I believe that she is right when she said that they are just holding her up as an example. But a felony on her record is just stupid.

Shell

January 26th, 2011
9:00 pm

I heard on the news that the school district went after 100 student families. Not singly out this one one women. She was the only one who refused to be compliant! Out of 100! She broke the law, maybe to make a statement. She forged papers and stole taxpayers money. She refused to make restitution, by either removing her kids, paying the money (with a payment plan) or anything else. The other 99 families complied. Great lesson I guess, break the law…go strait to jail.

Buckeye in ATL

January 26th, 2011
9:00 pm

“I have received a speeding ticket or two (i broke the law). Sue me.”

If you equate a speeding ticket to a felony in regards to “breaking the law”, then you have some serious literacy issues! Your poor husband married down!