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. nclb fraud

    Let's see how equal justice is in Ohio. They moved quickly with Williams-Bolar. Read this Columbus Free Press and let's see if the newly elected auditor and attorney general will act quickly to put these vendors in jail who are obviously stealing millions of dollars meant to help poor children in Ohio's largest district. http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/18/2011/4069

    January 31, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anthony Peterson

      I hoped that Mr. RightOCenter read your piece. He thinks life is not suppose to be fair and if one finds themselves in an unfair situation they should exhaust other legal means of righting a wrong. What Mr. rightocenter won't acknoledge is that those in powerful gov't positions get to cherry pick causes that fit their personal objectives. Akron OH parent was an easy target. I've lived in NY and I kno justice depends on weather there is a greater interest in finding someone guilty depends on the weight of finding the truth. Thats reality and its not fair. Mr. RightOCenter, I'm waiting for you to stand on the steps of city hall and get laryngitis.

      March 26, 2011 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Blessed Geek

    She is a good woman.

    February 1, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • RightOCenter

      No she is not a good woman. She did the right thing the WRONG way. Two negatives don't make a positive in this case. She stole money from the school, the tax payers, and was a poor role model for her kids. If she wanted to make a positive change she should have protested at city hall, joined the PTA, gotten involved with the school to improve the situation. Instead she tried to cheat the system and got caught. Getting caught is the only thing truly good about this. By taking her kids out of the school district they were supposed to be in she probably cost that district some $26k a year because they were not counted in the school rosters. If more parents acted like her a poor school would only lose more money.

      February 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. In Minnesota

    I guess we will never have to worry about a white woman being charged for taking her children to the predominantly black school in the district. I wonder why we can sleep so easy knowing this to be true..

    February 1, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dumb In Minnesota?

      Do you really need to be explained why the converse isn't true? I'm guessing the answer is yes.

      Due to the history of this country, a much larger percentage of African-Americans are in poverty than Caucasians. Combine that with a little tinge of racism, and most people with money (and most of them being white) avoid areas with large concentrations of African-Americans. This exacerbates the segregation. It becomes both racial and socio-economic (with the two factors linked), and you end up with nearly all of the predominantly African-American areas having a very high rate of poverty. Areas with high poverty nearly always have struggling school districts. Therefore, it is very unlikely that people will be clamoring to get into these school districts.

      Or the alternative simple-minded (brainless) explanation you most likely subscribe to is simply that "white people are better".

      February 15, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • fighting back in Minnesota

      You are correct...no one is clamoring to go to bad schools ...and as for the right of center guy on here so what you went to the military so did my family and as a black man could not get a job upon returning.

      February 18, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. Thinker

    Molly Brown: Self-righteous types like you always seem to know the whole story. Why would you presume that a woman that is clearly trying to better the situation for her children would want to continue to live (free or not) in section 8 housing? Qualifying for food stamps means you're poor. People don't always put themselves into that situation, and the ones that do will often try to pull themselves (and their families) up out of it. Doesn't happen overnight.

    And even if she were "working" the system as you say... do you not agree that the "system" reacts quite differently to people of different backgrounds, different income levels? You're an educator, you should know this stuff. Show me anything remotely resembling social equality in this country, then start complaining about people working the system. The playing field was never level to begin with.

    February 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • RightOCenter

      Where do you get the idea that life is fair or should be equal? Why should it be equal? Why should someone who puts forth 19 years of school education to become a doctor, followed by another 3 years of residency be treated the same as someone who drops out of high school? Life is neither fair, nor equal. The moment people begin to realize this truth again the better off our country will become. Stop the crying about how life is unfair and put forth the effort to change your situation LEGALLY. Section 8 housing sucks. But if she wanted to she could possibly join the military, leave her kids in the care of her father so they can go to that school (Legally!), get job training in the service, get the GI Bill for college, get an associates or another advanced degree in college, and complete all these tasks in a span of 7 years.

      Heck, I served 5 years in the military, been deployed to hostile countries, got out and got my associates degree and soon I will be making $26/hour. My wife is going to college using Federal Programs and will be getting her 4 year degree soon. That is America's promise, the ability to better one's self through the opportunities this country provides. Don't cry foul if you made poor life choices when you were young.

      February 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony Peterson

      Hey RightOCenter. You're on the wrong side of the issue. You're not comparing apples and oranges. You're comparing McIntosh with Melba apples. 300 million people in the country will not have the same 300 million opportunities, that is why all is not equal. Equal opportunity means equal shot at 300 million choices because you kno since the beginnings of this country, when is was founded by the framers, that equal was for some. But how could we be so naive to think that suddenly one morning this country became fair and equal? You made your life choice and it panned out as such w/ ur wife. I was born in the poorest section of the South Bx. All of my siblings didnt escape the deprivation of poverty. Now I'm in a much better place and a different state, I still worry about my childrens future. We're of African and Native ancestry. No reservation and no African land trust. Yeah, life aint fair, but its sure is fairer for some and not others.

      March 26, 2011 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Name*donald

    How about "free enrollment" like some states have ?

    February 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • DenverGrl

      Colorado has free enrollment. It's the best thing that ever happened here because kids from some of the poorest areas can attend a school district like Cherry Creek and get an education they wouldn't have otherwise.

      February 14, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. BlueWingedOlive

    Vouchers. Isn't this story a cry for vouchers? Let parents choose the school for their kids. But that's going to raise a big fight with the teachers unions, unions which care more about the union than the kids.

    February 2, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. silent-lamb

    It's very obvious that somewherevout there in AMERICA still struggling with BLACK DISCRIMINATION. It's a shame for this school!

    February 2, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • DenverGrl

      I'm not sure it's as much about race discrimination as it is about discrimination based on socio-economic class. It may be that there are more blacks in the poorer school district, but it is not because they are black that they are there. It is because they are poorer. Black or white doesn't matter. If you're poor, then it's hard to pull yourself out of it in this country. The poor don't receive equitable treatment in nutrition, education or health care.

      February 14, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • DenverGrl

      And I meant to add that without the skills the would learn through a good education, then it's hard to pull out of the cycle of poverty. It is one of the things I like least about our country, and I would love to see it change.

      February 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. silent-lamb

    DISCRIMINATION is nothing but an EVIL..!

    February 2, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. lisa

    Jail time for was part of the Jimmy Crow law, make her a example and the rest will flee. Yet here in Washington DC Metro area you have political representives including their staff crossing this same educational line she went to jail. Ohio who is noted for their racial activities should take those who prosecuted her and run them out of town. We all want what's best for our children and yes we might how over board. But for education, I think we could have chosen a better of making her pay.

    February 3, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Patricia

    This is truly amazing

    February 3, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • zann

      so are the responses

      February 16, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  11. EasTexian

    Here in East Texas and I am sure there are plenty more in other states that allow the illegal immigrants children to go to our public schools and they do not have to pay out of state tuition. When I lived in Germany, if an american's child wanted to attend German public schools then the parents had to pay tuition. Why do we allow this to occur year after year??? In my local area a bond issue was passed to build a bigger school due to the influx and increase of illegal immigrants - local property owners have to bear this burden. The taxes on property are getting to a point of unsustainability due to the owners not being able to pay the taxes and there is no market for any real estate being sold. Why don't we have a sales tax – that way the burden is suffered equallly because everyone would share equally!

    The American Dream is being destroyed by this cost to the taxpayer in public schoolbcost, un-insured motorists fleeing accidents andj our insurance has to shoulder the cost and we end up paying more and the same is occurring in our hospital emergency rooms filled up with illegal immigrants having babies that YOU and I pay for!!!!!!!!

    February 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ROKme

      That's interesting. I'd be interested to know in what capacity you were living in Germany. Were you military and deciding to have your kids educated off post or were you working at a German firm and holding legal resident status in the country? I'm also interested in know what the tuition costs amounted to. We truly have to re-evaluate our educational system. Everyone agrees that an education is valuable, that we need educated people to secure our future as a nation that people who are poorly educated don't have the same life options. Yeah, yeah – America is the place where hard work gives you opportunities, but as duly noted by a friend – while playing out favorite drinking game – people who start ahead tend to stay that way. Why do we fund schools the way we do? We know it creates inequity.

      February 18, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Charles

    I love the way SHALLOW PEOPLE hide behind there keyboards putting down others deemed less perfect than themselves.

    I hope a semi-truck runs you over, then comes back in reverse.

    February 13, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anthony Peterson

      And your last name is what, Charles?

      March 26, 2011 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. GPS

    This woman was unlucky enough to get caught! Good for her!! This type of thing is going on all over this country!! The crime committed was arresting this woman for wanted the best for her daughters!!!!!

    February 14, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Sandy

    I have to agree with everyone who thinks that the school districting is a joke. All of the children in this country should have the same quaitly education. It should not matter where you live. There should be one tax for all and the county nor the state should control it, it should be at a federal level. This country needs to stop the spending on the military industry and focus making this a greater nation by giving our children a quailty education.

    February 15, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • zann

      I agree that all children should be given the same education, regardless of socio-economic status. I believe that would be best for our country.

      I believe all citizens should have the same health care, regardless of socio-economic status.

      I also believe having a strong military is best for our country.

      I see no reason we can't do all of that. Well, ok – may I do. People don't like to pay for all that.

      Taxes are like insurance – we all pay a part of the risk in insurance, but when a tree falls on our house or something, we fill in a form and get the house fixed.

      If we all pay taxes, then our kids can all get a decent education, and when we are sick we can get good health care.

      And we can pay our soldiers, and provide them with the best tools to do their jobs – because it is our reputation for having a strong military that keeps us our position as a superpower, which allows us to live here in the USA in peace, so we can send our children to school to be educated, and we can have a strong health care infrastructure, and freedom of speech – so we can argue with each other online :)

      Gob Bless America. We are far from perfect, but we are pretty damn good anyway!

      February 16, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. dennis teel

    some of you posters are idiots to be sure.your notion that she's only breaking the law based on the reason that she's breaking it..you're fools.she broke the law.she didn't just break rules.i don't care how poor or what color she is or if she's living in a fish tank.she broke the law fools.laws=black and white,not grey matter that states you can break it depending on the reasoning behind it or whether or not you be po'!!!that's the same ludicrous reasoning that the millions of illegal ignorants that currently reside in this country possess!

    February 16, 2011 at 4:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anthony Peterson

      One person calling people idiots is deserving of another person calling that person an idiot. There is such thing as a bad law and there is such thing has a bad application of a good law. I recvd a ticket recently for passing a stopped car on the left. I didnt cross a marked line. I didnt speed. But I got the ticket, not the driver of the stopped vehicle the cause the traffice jam that nearly hindered traffic flow. Idiot you say. Hmmmmm!

      March 26, 2011 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
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