Mother who put kids in wrong school released from jail early
Ohio mother Kelley Williams-Bolar is led off to jail after her conviction last week.
January 27th, 2011
11:06 AM ET

Mother who put kids in wrong school released from jail early

An Ohio woman who was jailed for tampering with records to get her children into a better school district has been released from jail a day early, according to a local newspaper.

Kelley Williams-Bolar left the Summit County Jail on Wednesday, having served nine days of her 10-day sentence, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

Williams-Bolar, a single mother living in subsidized housing in Akron, used her father's address to register her two daughters in the high-achieving suburban Copley-Fairlawn school district.

Copley-Fairlawn said the improper registration cost it $30,000 in lost tuition and $6,000 in investigative costs.

The case has drawn national media attention and outrage, much of it due to its racial undertones: Williams-Bolar is black, while the Copley-Fairlawn schools are predominantly white.

A Google search for Williams-Bolar's name turns up 131,000 results.

Williams-Bolar told CNN affiliate WEWS-TV in Cleveland that she plans to appeal her conviction. The local chapter of the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network is trying to raise money to fund the appeal, the Beacon Journal reported.

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  1. c money

    DOES the dad pay taxes? How do you know he isn't renting, or even worse, in Got'v housing as well?

    January 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. neal

    When blacks break the rule, it is OK. I wonder what people in other countries think of the US, that our black people are inferior and should be forgiven because they are born inferior and not able to follow rules? Even when we have a black president? It's time to do away with "oh give them a break because they're black".

    January 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dang Shame

      "When blacks break the rule, it is OK." Since we are referring to this article, as you can read, she got away with nothing. Our justice system spent money on putting her in jail instead a drug dealer, murderer, or rapist. So what are you trying to say?

      January 27, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. neal

    So what is new. Again the middle class is the one getting the big fat screw. The rich send kid to boarding school. The poor sneak their kids into school the middle class tax pays for. The middle class american tax payers again get to pay for everybody else and get nothing in return. Now you know what the tea baggers brought the republicans back in office.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jorge

    Folks should be allowed to pay school taxes and send their kids to the school district of their choosing if their kids meet the district requirement standards for all of it's students, quid-pro-quo. It's not like the additional enrollment won't bring in more state money to the chosen district via increased FTE, money that has already been paid for the kids through payroll and sales tax anyhow, and the transfer of school tax payments would put the expense on parity with that of new resident enrollees for the recieving district. This would provide an incentive for districts to compete against each other, which would raise the overall quality and cost efficiency of education in the state. The only reason I see that state legislators don't put this into effect is DISCRIMINATION and good-ole'-boy politics.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lisa

    Who cares if her father was paying taxes to the district? I live in a highly acclaimed district with high taxes that many parents would like to have their kids in. My kids are out of school. Does that mean I can have a friend or relative attend because I pay taxes? Maybe I shouldn't have to pay taxes at all.

    Jail is a bit much though.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anne

    I can not believe they would arrest someone for that, admittedly I did the same thing for my children, I had to lie and use their Grandparents address so my children could attend a city school rather then a county school. County schools do not get the same funding as the city school. Had my children been sent to the county they would have had to use antiquated text books, the building was old and crumbling as was the playground area, many places were roped off because it was unsafe. There was also a problem with the roof leaking and water damage to the ceiling, walls and floors. In one hallway they actually nailed a tarp over the wall to hide the damage. County teachers were basically just collecting a pay check. They were burned out and angry but if they wanted a job they would have had to move since there was a hiring freeze. The state told us that funds were not available and our school was one of 10 that needed attention, some schools I was told were even in worse condition then ours. I wanted my children to have every educational opportunity available to them and be safe and secure in their surrounding so I fudged our address. I could have just asked for a transfer and done it legally but that would have cost me a big chunk of change (can not remember exact amount but it was around 1200.00 which was a house payment) multiplied by two. So now they are arresting parents for trying to give their child an education? Total BS!! Would I do it again? Yes, I would. I would give whatever the situation called for to make sure that my children recieved the education they needed to be sucessful in their lives. What parent wouldn't? This was in the State of NC.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JASMINE

    I THINK THAT WHOLE THING IS STUPIDAND WRONG HOW YOU GOIN TO PUT HER IN JAIL YOU DONT KNOW WHAT SCHOOL TO PUT YOUR KIDS IN NOW DAYS CAUSE SCHOOLS AR SO BAD SO IT SHOULDN'T BE THE MOMS FAULT.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Buster Bloodvessel

    Everyone does this, and no one gets jail time. Pretty obvious that she's been schooled about keeping her place and to her own side of town.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael Rogers

    This is going to be a LIFETIME movie. The school district will just get bad publicity on this. Spend $6000 on investigating? A bit too much.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MIP

    A key fact not mentioned here...is that she worked for the school system that she wouldn't send her kids to. I job she should lose once the school board reviews the case.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dianne

    If you want your kids in a good school district then move within the district and pay the fair rent or property taxes that go along with getting the education that the home owners within the district are paying.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Frank Somers

    Come on! Jail? Really? Spent $6000 investigating? What did they do? Hire investigators to question the kids? Shame on them. People who say she deserved jail time for this probably don't have kids. If they do, I feel sorry for your kids having parents like you.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    This is such BS. She gets jail time but if this was a story about an illegal immigrant who came into this country as a kid, grew up hiding it, went to school, got a DL, went to college on grant money(which is funded by our taxes) and then was discovered, the "mass media" would be up in arms about how this was so terrible and such an injustice etc.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Shantelle

    Who cares if her kids were attending a different school then they were zoned for. Savannah zones schools too and they rezone and gets schools changed. If my kids were zoned to go to a crappy school I would probably do the same thing. Education is very important it's a lot easier to use another person's address compared to picking up and moving else where. Waste of money spent filing charges as well as tax dollars housing her in jail for 9 days

    January 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aloisae

      Copley cares because it pays over 75% out of local taxes of its own educational expenses. The Ohio department of education also probably cares because they lost funding for Akron schools because of this woman's lie since Akron only pays 37% of its own educational costs and the rest comes out of per student formulas which give the district state and federal money.

      This isn't the case of a parent lying to get their kids into a better school in the same district (and thus one that shares the same funding sources)... it is lying to get their kids into a school in another district and thus reducing the funds available for that district to educate their own students. By the way, Akron has more per student to spend on education (about $4,000 more per student) than Copley due to degree of state and federal funding it receives. This woman's lie cost BOTH districts money.

      January 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Public Enemy Number 2

    Really? It cost the school district $30,000 in lost tuition and $6,000 in an investigation?

    This is the reason why our schools are in trouble - over-regulating of this kind of thing.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aloisae

      I've been trying to figure out the lost $30,000 tuition thing. It either refers to the cost to the district for educating these children, and therefore the costs in local taxes to the people of Copley, or to the loss in general to the department of education budget because she chose to send her kids to a district that receives far less general state and federal funding. The funny thing is it was less expensive in general to educate her kids in Copley since they have less money to spend per student... thus saving Ohio state taxpayers and federal taxpayers money since that is where most of the Akron funding comes from... but it cost the property owners of Copley significantly more and depriving their children of educational resources.

      January 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aloisae

      Actually... thinking about it, it is closer to $60,000 that this woman's lie cost since Akron school district received about $30,000 less in funding from outside sources and Copley had about $30,000 less of its local taxes to spend on educating the children of its own residents.

      January 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
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