January 28, 2011

I'll Have To Agree With The District On This One

Mom clearly deserved to be charged and convicted, given the law and the facts in this case.

An Ohio mother's attempt to provide her daughters with a better education has landed her behind bars.

Kelley Williams-Bolar was convicted of lying about her residency to get her daughters into a better school district.

"It's overwhelming. I'm exhausted," she said. "I did this for them, so there it is. I did this for them."

Williams-Bolar decided four years ago to send her daughters to a highly ranked school in neighboring Copley-Fairlawn School District.

But it wasn't her Akron district of residence, so her children were ineligible to attend school there, even though her father lived within the district's boundaries.

Over the years, I've had a number of students who did the same thing -- got a grandparent or cousin or other relative to claim that they lived inside the district, even though the kid did not. The parents then drop the kid off at a bus stop every morning. This created a number of problems -- only some of them related to the fact that we were educating another district's kid at our district's expense. All too often, these same kids were discipline problems who disrupted the eduction of other students, so they were in no way an asset to our school.

Where I've been distressed is in the response of so many conservatives to this story. They picture mom as a hero, and condemn the school district for going after her -- while at the same time condemning illegal immigrants. But the argument these folks make -- "this is just a parent seeking a better life and education for her kids" -- is the same one made by advocates for illegal aliens and their kids. I don't see it as having any more legitimacy in this case then it does in theirs.

Now some of you claim that I, who have advocated for school choice, and take this position and be consistent. That's easy -- what I believe ought to be the case (which would have made what this mother did perfectly legal) and what the law currently establishes are two different things. Until all -- or at least a substantial portion -- of the education dollars intended to educate each child follow the child where they actually attend school rather than being allocated by geography and only to public schools, this mother is stealing from the taxpayers of the other school district. While she is certainly a poster child for why there ought to be school choice, her actions were legally and morally wrong.

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I agree!! who does she think she is, an illegal immigrant?? Duh! She is a mere citizen paying taxes and carrying real id's etc. This kind of thing is reserved for those poor people who sneak into this country and create an unmanageable drain on our safety net and public facilities. Tell her to get two jobs so we can import more illegals.

|| Posted by GoneWithTheWind, January 28, 2011 12:57 PM ||

Bullcrap, GWTW. The reality is that she not only broke the law by registering her kid illegally in a district where they did not reside, but she also committed perjury under oath and suborned perjury as well with the false affidavits.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, January 28, 2011 07:26 PM ||

Can't you recognize humor when you read it. Of course she broke the law and deserves some form of appropriate punishment. But in my opinion (not humor this time) so do every illegal alien and every employer of illegal aliens. I as a taxpayer have to pay for about a 10% increase in school costs directly connected to illegals. In some states that is considerably higher. It is worht noting that it is impossible for an illegal alien to get a job without perjury and it is illegal for an employer to hire anyone without having seen evidence of citizenship or legal residence, so in most cases the employer perjuried themselves as well.
One last point: Argueably my taxes would not increase at all if a resident of one city or district in my state "lied" about their residency and sent their child to another city's or district's school. So this lady commited a crime but didn't increase the tax burden for the citizens.

|| Posted by GoneWithTheWind, January 29, 2011 11:22 AM ||

One other point. Many years ago in Boston a judge exceeded his powers and created forced bussing for a whole community. That is he required under penalty of law exactly what this lady did, i.e. children went to school in a district they did not live in. No question the judge did not have the constitutional ability to do this. But more importantly he destroyed the lives of about 100,000 citizens who were forced to either move and in so doing sell their home for a fraction of it's worth or stay and watch their once proud nieghborhood turn into a ghetto. Today you or I would not dare walk through this nieghborhood at night. In my huimble opinion that judge should have gone to jail

Do not think this opinion is based on racism, I certainly oppose racism as much as anyone and being old enough to remember the 40's and 50's I know how much better off we all are today. Boston's problem at that time was NOT the result of racism but simply a natural result of immigration (from another state not another country) where the immigrants all choose to live in the same area. It wasn't planned or guided by bad people it was a simple economic choice of the immigrants. Had those immigrants been Italian, jewish, Irish or polish as so many before them had been no one would have cared or noticed. It was only political correctness run amuck that made it an issue.

I lived not too far from both communities involved in this case and spent time in each in the 50's. They were both interesting and eclectic communities. The judge in question destroyed both of them.

|| Posted by GoneWithTheWind, January 29, 2011 11:35 AM ||

I tend to find humor only when it is humorous.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, January 29, 2011 12:48 PM ||
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