Black Education / Schools : Mother Jailed for Sending Kids to the Wrong School District

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  1. Amnat77

    Amnat77 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    By Boyce Watkins, PhD on Jan 25th 2011 1:36AM

    When I read about the case of Kelly Williams-Bolar, I find myself confused. The 40-year old Ohio mother of two is being sent to jail for using her father's address to send her two daughters to a school in a better district. Williams-Bolar lives in a housing project in Akron, Ohio and had sent her children to school in Copley Township using her father's address.

    Williams-Bolar's father, Edward Wiliams, is also being charged with fourth-degree grand theft for stealing over $30,000 in school services for the two girls. Williams-Bolar herself will spend 10 days in jail and have three years of probation. Also, the judge in the case, Patricia Cosgrove, made it clear that she was using Williams-Bolar to set an example for other parents who consider doing the same thing. The judge went out of her way to tell the woman that she gave her jail time "so that others who think they might defraud the school system perhaps will think twice.''

    Besides being a single mom, Williams-Bolar was going to school part-time to hopefully get a better job as a teacher. The judge noted that because Williams-Bolar has been convicted of a felony, she will no longer be allowed to teach in the state of Ohio. Therefore, the punishment that she and her girls will face is set to last a lifetime.

    The Kelly Williams-Bolar case strikes a chord with quite a few people in the black community for a few reasons. Most directly, a lot of kids can remember their own mothers doing the same thing to try to break the cycle of poverty that so many of us confront as children. Inner city schools are inadequately funded, so many parents have no choice when it comes to finding ways to get their kids a good education. Some of the children I mentor attended poorly performing inner city schools and even though they did what they were told, most of them were unprepared for college after graduation and had never even done any homework.

    One has to also wonder why there is a $30,000 funding differential between the school that Williams-Bolar sent her children to and the one that was in her district. Logic seems to imply that if funding were roughly proportionate between the two districts, it would simply be a wash, where one school's spending could be compensated by another school's savings. But this is not the case in a world where far too many people of color are locked in to the horrible schools in their districts, as our elected officials continue to ignore the problem. Many of these schools don't have books or quality teachers, while the kids in the suburbs are given everything they need to be successful. The idea that citizens are now being put in jail for attempting to access educational equality is nothing short of being Jim Crow-like in nature.

    Black family economic inequality also plays a huge role in this case. It's hard to imagine that the judge would have been compelled to make an example out of Williams-Bolar were she not a poor single mother from the projects. If she were a wealthy woman from the suburbs, she would have been able to afford the kinds of attorneys that keep people out of jail, and she also would not have been forced to break the law in order to help her girls get access to a good school. This case just stinks to high heaven.


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    They could have just given them a fine. I knew they were going to use them as an example. Now she can't become a teacher.
     
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    Hell emphaticaly no they could not give them a fine!!!:10100:

    We still dont get it,
    these folks are serious about educational and economic warfare,
    and a real return to Jim Crow

    The real estate tax bracket allocation funding system for schools witihin a district has been going on since I was a child

    and black folks who could not afford private schools have been moving out of district to get their children a better eduction since the 50s, some have been able to sneek into other distrits with better real estate tax values with the assistance of political or fratenal or clergy support ,
    some have not, but things are different now

    Every negro leader knows this and every Black politician knows this

    That system garauntees derogatory education in certain districts, and no one has challenged or stood up to the plate to reverse that edict

    Sharpton paraded around the nation with Newt Ginrich, of all people , selling the

    "my child got to take a lottery to get in"
    Charter Schools, while schools closed in every state and teachers got fired

    And president Obama spouts the rhetoric of "Race to the Top" knowing darn well no one can win a race with holes in their running shoes.

    And please no more isolated success stories about Wilma Oshkosh of Prafidio Delawre that educated 100 children with a piece of coal for chalk and a wall with holes on it for a black board but they go straight As graduated with honors and all went to college

    doggone it if all those darn success stories were true why not

    send those geniuses
    to work in Washington over the education depatment instead of a dunce like Duncan ,

    so that all the schools could benefit from that wisdom ?????????

    when it comes time for Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and whoever else cant stand,

    they can find plenty money

    but after bailing out Wall street and corporate criminals to the tune of over 5 trllion dollars

    they turn around to you and I in the black community

    and say sorry folk the well is dry:qqb016:

    Time for us to start thinking seriously about using some of that one trillion lrs spending power and work towards our own Back national Education Board

    Bricks and mortar, as well as Remote!!!
     
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