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. Gregory

    This unfortunate lady needs a much more qualified attorney representing her! This is absolutely horrible! As was stated in another response, her FATHER is paying school tax in this district, and transitively, should be allowed to have his granddaughters attend in this district. Otherwise, he should be refunded ALL the funds he has paid in school taxes for the length of time he had NOT had a student associated with his address enrolled in the school system! Wouldn't THAT set a DANGEROUS precedent that could scare the hell out of all school districts across the country?! Imagine, if every residence in each school district across the country was granted a public school tax EXEMPTION if that address is not associated with an enrolled student! I bet that would have them shouting a very, very, accepting message in this regard!!!! I live all the way down here in the Rio Grande Valley area in TX., and I can assure everyone, that there would be woefully insufficient incarceration space if everyone who used a family member's address this way were similarly treated!

    January 28, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. NOYB

    I would lie to provide my children with a better opportunity in life. You go mom!

    January 28, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. HENRY HIGGINS

    BOTTOM LINE THE PUNISHMENT DOESNT FIT THE CRIME. THIS CASE WAS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING.

    Copley-Fairlawn said the improper registration cost it $30,000 in lost tuition and $6,000 in investigative costs. JUST HOW LONG WERE THEY ENROLLED IN THE WRONG SCHOOL. THE SCHOOL YEAR IS ONLY 5 MONTHS OLD. THAT SOUNDS LIKE A GROSS OVERSTATEMENT IF THIS JUST HAPPENED THIS YEAR. 'LOST' AS IN OPPORTUNITY COST LOST? OTHERWISE IT DOESNT MAKE SENSE FOR A PUBLIC SCHOOL

    LIKEWISE W THE INVESTIGATIVE COSTS. AT /$30 PER HR, THAT TOOK 200 HOURS OR 5 WEEKS TO FIGURE OUT WHERE SHE LIVED.

    WHAT HAPPENS TO KIDS OF PARENTS W/ JOINT CUSTODY BUT LIVE IN DIFFERENT DISTRICTS. IT ALMOST SOUNDS LIKE SHE GAVE HER DAD CUSTODIAL RIGHTS. THIS REALLY SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ELEVATED TO THIS LEVEL.

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

    January 28, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. John

    The proper way to do this would have been to tell the authorities their family were illegal immigrants. That is acceptable whereas being black is still not.

    I say we put our U.S. blacks ahead of Mexico's mexicans. They've been waiting longer.

    January 28, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. What's the real problem

    Why would we have any kind of public school system where the education is better, money is greater, teachers are superior, than another public school? Why can't all of the public schools be the same, so people wouldn't have to resort to these kind of tactics? I could see if private schools had these kinds of differences, but public schools should be the same. We create our own racism, classism, etc. becauseof crap like this

    January 28, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mirek

    Four pages of comments and only one other person has mentioned the solution to this problem. SCHOOL CHOICE.

    Give parents the right to send their children AND their tax dollars to the school they choose instead of the one chosen for them and see how quickly these failed schools shape up.

    Who is against school choice?

    1. Rich ruling class Republicans who don't want to mix with anyone "beneath" them.
    2. Rich ruling class Democrats for the same reason. My aunt is one of these and it's disgusting to hear her talk about "helping the poor" as long as they don't live in her neighborhood or go to her kids' school.
    3. The teacher's union, because teachers will be asked to perform and because they will be giving up political power to parents.
    4. Politicians, Republicans or Democrats, who want to pimp their propaganda in public schools by rule of law (think "American History"). Take that power from the politicians and give it back to the people who pay the bills.

    January 28, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. DisgruntledGrrl

    Guess they realized that by jailing the mother, the girls would have to live at the address and therefore – still go to that school.
    So this is looking more and more like they just don't want those kids at the school.

    January 28, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. Steph3266

    I'm a mom. If I was faced with the same situation, I'd make the decision. I wouldn't even think 2x about it, neither would any good mother.

    January 28, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • DisgruntledGrrl

      My mother WAS in that situation. Ya know what they did?
      Pulled my siblings from school in mid class and waited for her to pick them up. They were not allowed back. She had to enroll them in the next district over. No jail, no lawsuit, no threat.

      January 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cindy

    I feel for her wanting more for her son. I applaud that. However, did she not show her son the wrong way to do things. I live in an area that have some of the BEST private schools. I would LOVE to send my niece and nephews there but I can't. So we send them to the schools that are available and we subsidize with what is needed. Learning centers, help at home, hands on learning, etc. The moral here is to show the kids that they may not have the best that money can buy but they can overcome and move up so that maybe their kids can. Does it take more work? Harder effort on their part? Yes. But in the end they know the right way to do things. Period. Everyone needs to take responsibility for their actions. Right is right and wrong is wrong. The only grey areas are things you want to be right but truly know are wrong. race aside, she had the best intentions but went about things the wrong way.

    January 28, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. coffegirl

    I think Aloisae works for the city that charged this woman...Your defense is only about the money, everyone else has a concern about the injustice to the women, punishment fitting the crime. Your financial disclosure is still only part of the financial story, Do you also know if the Copley tax payers get to write of the money they pay for their schooling? Do you KNOW if Akron was full or not? Also, I do not see where you are including the federal per student funding for either district – p.s. % don't tell the true story.

    January 28, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Topher

    In the story it says that she used her father's address. He is paying taxes in that district so what is the problem? If she lived at his house he would still be paying the taxes whether he sent any children to school or not. Also, I believe that funding is determined by student attendance each year. A larger student attendance means more money from the state. So this school system would have received money for these kids going to that school, right? Things that make you hmmmmm.

    January 28, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. ForidaCarol

    The woman put her kids in school for an education. Media never mentioned what type of students they were... good or bad. My guess is they were smart because there was no mention of "disrupting the class and not paying attention." I know many black children who are better students then the upper class white students. My niece for one. The family is rich, too busy to help her, and education is on the bottom of their list. Went to a private school and in 6th grade she can't even read a Birthday card. The kid is being home schooled by a computer in a retail store back room because "she can't learn with a teacher and she can't keep up with her class." and the parents don't want her to be "embarrased by being held back." Her little spanish friend next door is an honor studentin a public school because her parents care and help her. I say give a child a chance - and the mother to become a teacher. Make that her sentence – not jail time. Then maybe a poorer school will have a teacher who cares. There are a lot of white teachers in Florida that are their for the check only.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. Really

    ...I mean really, here we go again with menial bs. The truth of the matter is upscale communities do have the best schools, however, we middle class citizens pay the most in taxes. So I find it a little appalling to hear all these shouts of we pay our taxes get out of our schools, etc. The education system in America is broken and until it is fixed these laws (i call them infractions, they don't warrant criminial penalties in my mind) will continue to be broken! So many people do cheat on district zoning laws to gain better education for their children – so what. And guess what? White people cheat on this too, they don't get caught b/c they blend in, but a brown or black skinned child will stickout and are more likely to be investigated! It's just the way it is. Fix the education system and equal tax laws for all we may alleviate these situations. Jeez, can't we all just get along. Look at us and how we act toward each other and yet we are the parents of the next generation. God bless us all for we have sinned.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. Teresa Clark

    God bless her

    January 28, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. PANDORA WARD -*67

    THIS IS SO CRAZY BUT ALSO RIGHT I WULD DO THE SAME THING FOR MY KIDS IF I HAD ANY.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
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