Have you ever heard of someone having to falsify school documents so their children could get a better education? They live in a zone where the school is terrible and just around the corner and across the street is a much better school. So, they find someone with an address that falls in that zone and use them as their primary address. Right? Heard of it? Well, now everyone will know about it because of one woman’s plight in Akron, Oh. She was simply trying to put her kids in a better school, but there’s a twist…according to her family.
The Grio reported that Kelley Williams-Bolar, 40, and her dad, were accused of using his address so her kids could go to school in the Copley-Fairlawn district where her father lived. But Williams-Bolar contends that she was not living at another house outside the school’s zone. She said that she was living with her father in the Copley-Fairlawn district helping him while he was sick and that she should’ve moved out of the other house completely, so someone else could have lived there.
Williams-Bolar is a single mother, and is only credits away from graduating from the University of Akron with a teaching degree. But now that she’s been convicted of a felony and jailed for 10 days with a 5-year suspended sentence, she may, according to Ohio State Law, lose her license to teach. The judge for her case, Patricia Cosgrove, said that she would write a letter on her behalf to keep that from happening.
This is a case that could happen to anyone. A lot of us know people who have successfully done the address switch for years. But like her dad said in court, “To support her children, to somehow find quality education…It’s just sad, when I see the media here today, you would think it was a serial killer.”
Read the full report here and watch the courtroom reaction and the full support she had from her family. An unidentified woman said that she was “railroaded” and she truly was. President Obama would really impress me if he made a phone call and cleared this one up. This is one of the reasons that “Waiting for Superman” is necessary.