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Kelley Williams-Bolar, a 40-year-old mother of two, was convicted of a felony last week and sent to jail for 10 days. Her crime? Falsifying records so her kids could attend a safer school in the district where her father lives.
Uh-oh! Sounds like two little girls were trying to get a free  education off the back of hard-working tax payers, and if that’s not  worth a felony charge, I don’t know what is. Williams-Bolar, according  to the prosecution, lives in subsidized housing in Akron, Ohio, and not  with her father in Copley Township—as  she claimed on several official school forms when she enrolled her two  daughters. The Copley schools are, it seems, better and safer than the  schools in Akron. (They are also whiter. Williams-Bolar is black. But obviously race has nothing to do with this case!)
The school district grew suspicious enough about the Williams-Bolar  kids to, apparently, hire a private detective, who filmed Williams-Bolar  dropping her children off at a bus stop near her parents’ house. (This  seems like a fantastic use of school district money.) Officials  confronted her. The school district superintendent, Brian Poe, says that  such cases (apparently there are something like 15-20 a year) are  usually resolved without going to trial.
But apparently, this was impossible with Williams-Bolar. (Maybe she  pointed out that the girls’ grandfather was paying taxes in the  district, for Christ’s sake?) She and her father were charged with  falsifying records—and grand theft, over the $30,500 in tuition the  school claims she owed for her daughters. (The jury didn’t reach a  unanimous decision on the grand theft charge.) According to the  presiding judge, Patricia Cosgrove, who spoke with The Akron Beacon-Journal,  “the state would not move, would not budge, and offer Ms.  Williams-Bolar to plead to a misdemeanor,” despite several pretrial  hearings.
Williams-Bolar, a teaching assistant, is working towards a teaching  degree, but her felony conviction will likely derail that. Her daughters  will be attending schools in Akron. And the Copley Township schools  will no longer be host to 12- and 16-year-old frauds like the  Williams-Bolar sisters.
What Williams-Bolar is accused of doing is illegal. But even if she  faked her daughters’ address (she maintains that her daughters split  their time between two homes), it’s unconscionable to send her to jail,  tear her family apart and ruin her chance at a steady career just  because she wanted to send her kids to a better school. The sheer  cruelty of the verdict - and the judge’s own admission that Williams-Bolar is being punished to serve as an example for other parents - has created a tidal wave of online support. Sign the Change.org petition today.
In just eight hours, more than 1,000 have signed a Change.org member-created petition to reduce her sentence. Supporters have overtaken Twitter with the  hashtag #savekellywilliamsbolar (sic), using http://bit.ly/williamsbolar to link to the petition.
It’s a sad truth that public schools in American vary widely in  quality, safety and affluence. Kids in one zip code can get top-notch  teachers and swanky classrooms while kids just a few miles away make do  with cast-off books and rat-infested hallways. Your education can  determine your future - and Williams-Bolar wanted her daughters to have a  brighter one. She told the court that she’d been scared for her  daughters’ safety at Akron schools, and that there was no intention at  all to deceive school officials. But that wasn’t enough for Common Pleas  Judge Patricia Cosgrove, who thought her behavior deserved a felony  conviction.
A growing number of advocates and activists are speaking out about  the racial and social ramifications of this case. Among them is Dr.  Boyce Watkins of Syracuse University, a well-known professor and speaker  who wrote about the Williams-Bolar case on his blog.
“This case is a textbook example of everything that remains racially  wrong with America’s educational, economic and criminal justice  systems,” he wrote. “There is no logical reason on earth why this mother  of two should be dehumanized by going to jail and be left permanently  marginalized from future economic and educational opportunities. Even if  you believe in the laws that keep poor kids trapped in underperforming  schools, the idea that this woman should be sent to jail for demanding  educational access is simply ridiculous.”
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goodassdick:

Kelley Williams-Bolar, a 40-year-old mother of two, was convicted of a felony last week and sent to jail for 10 days. Her crime? Falsifying records so her kids could attend a safer school in the district where her father lives.

Uh-oh! Sounds like two little girls were trying to get a free education off the back of hard-working tax payers, and if that’s not worth a felony charge, I don’t know what is. Williams-Bolar, according to the prosecution, lives in subsidized housing in Akron, Ohio, and not with her father in Copley Township—as she claimed on several official school forms when she enrolled her two daughters. The Copley schools are, it seems, better and safer than the schools in Akron. (They are also whiter. Williams-Bolar is black. But obviously race has nothing to do with this case!)

The school district grew suspicious enough about the Williams-Bolar kids to, apparently, hire a private detective, who filmed Williams-Bolar dropping her children off at a bus stop near her parents’ house. (This seems like a fantastic use of school district money.) Officials confronted her. The school district superintendent, Brian Poe, says that such cases (apparently there are something like 15-20 a year) are usually resolved without going to trial.

But apparently, this was impossible with Williams-Bolar. (Maybe she pointed out that the girls’ grandfather was paying taxes in the district, for Christ’s sake?) She and her father were charged with falsifying records—and grand theft, over the $30,500 in tuition the school claims she owed for her daughters. (The jury didn’t reach a unanimous decision on the grand theft charge.) According to the presiding judge, Patricia Cosgrove, who spoke with The Akron Beacon-Journal, “the state would not move, would not budge, and offer Ms. Williams-Bolar to plead to a misdemeanor,” despite several pretrial hearings.

Williams-Bolar, a teaching assistant, is working towards a teaching degree, but her felony conviction will likely derail that. Her daughters will be attending schools in Akron. And the Copley Township schools will no longer be host to 12- and 16-year-old frauds like the Williams-Bolar sisters.

What Williams-Bolar is accused of doing is illegal. But even if she faked her daughters’ address (she maintains that her daughters split their time between two homes), it’s unconscionable to send her to jail, tear her family apart and ruin her chance at a steady career just because she wanted to send her kids to a better school. The sheer cruelty of the verdict - and the judge’s own admission that Williams-Bolar is being punished to serve as an example for other parents - has created a tidal wave of online support. Sign the Change.org petition today.

In just eight hours, more than 1,000 have signed a Change.org member-created petition to reduce her sentence. Supporters have overtaken Twitter with the hashtag #savekellywilliamsbolar (sic), using http://bit.ly/williamsbolar to link to the petition.

It’s a sad truth that public schools in American vary widely in quality, safety and affluence. Kids in one zip code can get top-notch teachers and swanky classrooms while kids just a few miles away make do with cast-off books and rat-infested hallways. Your education can determine your future - and Williams-Bolar wanted her daughters to have a brighter one. She told the court that she’d been scared for her daughters’ safety at Akron schools, and that there was no intention at all to deceive school officials. But that wasn’t enough for Common Pleas Judge Patricia Cosgrove, who thought her behavior deserved a felony conviction.

A growing number of advocates and activists are speaking out about the racial and social ramifications of this case. Among them is Dr. Boyce Watkins of Syracuse University, a well-known professor and speaker who wrote about the Williams-Bolar case on his blog.

“This case is a textbook example of everything that remains racially wrong with America’s educational, economic and criminal justice systems,” he wrote. “There is no logical reason on earth why this mother of two should be dehumanized by going to jail and be left permanently marginalized from future economic and educational opportunities. Even if you believe in the laws that keep poor kids trapped in underperforming schools, the idea that this woman should be sent to jail for demanding educational access is simply ridiculous.”

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