Last week, an Akron Ohio woman spent ten days in jail and was sentenced with two felonies for using her father’s address in order to allow her daughter to attend a high performing school in a predominantly white neighborhood.
The public school Kelley Williams-Bolar’s daughter was supposed to attend has below average scores across the board in all subjects. Also, the crime-ridden neighborhood where the school is located can be described as sketchy, at best. William-Bolar’s case resonated with many parents nationwide because there are several thousands, if not millions, of them who have or who are presently in a similar situation, perhaps falsifying their addresses for the sake of giving their child a shot at the best education possible.
William-Bolar’s case has prompted some national civil rights organizations to rally on her behalf. They, and many others, have questioned the prosecutor’s use of discretion to pursue this case in the first place. In fact, others caught doing the same thing were simply given slaps on the wrist. They also challenge the school district’s decision to spend $6,000 to hire a private investigator to follow William-Bolar and her children between her home, her father’s home and the school.
The argument has been raised that the sentence imposed on Williams-Bolar was excessive for the crime, as there are those who have plead guilty to DUI and DWI offenses and have spent less time in jail than this woman [who was prosecuted for trying to enroll her daughter in a better school].
The case sparked some serious inquiry into the equity of the U.S. education system.
More about the Williams-Bolar case can be found at The Politics of Raising Children at The Washington Times Communities