Ohio mother, Kelly Williams-Bolar, served one day of a ten day sentence for falsifying residency records so her daughters could attend a better school district.
Her story is a huge controversy in education circles. It illustrates the lengths some parents will go to so their children can attend a preferred school system.
This ABC News Report from Good Morning America sums up the case pretty well: Ohio Mom Kelley Williams-Bolar Jailed for Sending Kids to Better School District
The school district says Williams-Bolar could have paid the back tuition once her deceit was uncovered. She decided to continue to fight the issue, was indicted and convicted. Even the judge in the case admitted Williams-Bolar’s case was being used as an example for others.
I’ll offer my opinion below the video of how the case was covered in Cleveland, Ohio:
Sadly, this mother was doing the right thing in the wrong way. I can’t defend dishonesty and “stealing” from a school system when she doesn’t pay taxes, yet sends her children there. Thousands of other American families are doing the same thing in the interest of a better public education for their children. This case should be seen as a warning that they could be exposed and serve jail time for misrepresenting where they live.