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. R DANGER

    Wow, a mom goes to jail for having her kids go too a better school, now thats the American dream.

    January 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. mind

    This would never happen if education were equal for everybody, like it is for the rest of the world.

    January 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. mary G

    Is this not America? The other parent lived in the district. Why did they make her out of an example? This was not a great solution for anyone at all. Too many questions regarding WHY HER! A black mother. Now she has a felony that will prevent future job opportunities. The district and prosecutor made a bad choice in this matter.

    January 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. duke

    White is might and right in america!
    Do teachers in good districts make more money than teachers in bad districts??
    NO they don't!!
    So stop with the taxes argument.
    SS Sarah did the same thing when she was in school!

    January 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Greg

      yes they do make more money.
      Also there are more teachers per student.
      And more programs designed to help kids.

      January 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DarkLogic

    Wait, let me get this straight.

    She was jailed for trying to get her kids a better education?

    Oh, wait, this is the US. Never mind.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • LetsTalkResponsibility

      you missed a point ... She was jailed for trying to get her kids a better education? by cheating the system and cheating those who play by the rules.
      We all had to work hard to get out of the hole. Luckily she is getting subsidized housing and more help from other taxpayers. Work hard, don't cheat, and if we have brought children into our mess, at least teach them to work hard, be honest, responsible, law-abiding citizens ...and teach them if they are not secure and satisfied with their situation, to be sure they don't add more mouths to feed especially on the backs of other hard working taxpayers who have their own children to pay for.

      January 27, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MAK

    Only if a law is broken will others find out how wrong some laws are. In Wisconsin parents can put their children in schools other than where they live. Ohio is wrong and needs to change that law.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. barbe

    ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!!!!!! Good for her for sending her kids to school. Please explain to me WHY you would spend $30,000 researching IF someone isnt in the school zone. WHO CARES! Isnt a kids eduction the most important part? AND While you aer complaining about money spend on this woman we all just paid for her jail stay with our taxes! I dont care her reasons I dont care your reasons. She was using her fathers address WHICH was in the district. She was giving her kids a eduction. HELLO! Someone should pat her on the back. Meanwhile, we have other criminals going free or serving very little time for crimes that are way worse. and as for the law is the law. How many of you have run a yellow light or crossed a street not using the cross walk. I KNOW we all have skirted a law. It happens.AND why do we even have a actuall law that says a kid is limited to the education that is in their living area. Forget black or white or race. A childs education should never be limited to their street address!

    January 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. wayne

    sell some of that gold and you would not be on assisted living.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Greg

      It's probably cheap ShopKo gold, and the best she has to wear so she can make a good standing in front of the judge.

      January 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JDoe

    If the school complains about the mother not paying her fair share, what about people who don't have any kids but pay into the system? Isn't that not fair? Will the shool district be refunding money to these people?

    The fact is, we all pay into the system for all kinds of things like roads, airport, police, fire, etc. even if we don't derive as much benefit as some other persons. Education is important, and wouldn't it be better to have system that provide quality education for all, instead of the semi-segregated system we currently have?

    January 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Chop on This

    This is exactly what America is coming too. STUPIDITY! The stupid school would not have lost any money, if they kept their trap shut. The girls had a perfectly good reason to be there, their father lived in the school district, he is paying taxes like the rest of us. Freak'n idiots.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Dodger

    This is Government at its worst! How in the world do you justify jail time for this Crime? Trying to get your children to a school that is better is a crime? We should arrest the School board/superintendent for allowing a school to exits that was at such a low level, as the one she was

    January 27, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Ralph From Georgia

    I think the school system is making a example of this women. No one has mentioned it, but I would bet the the District she sent her kids to is a majority white district. The Summit Board felt comfortable doing what they did because the District interlopers are probably mostly minority students. The sad fact is that the Summit Board probably was pushed into taking action by the Summit residents. Here in Georgia we have a similar problem but the state law handles it a lot more intelligently, kids can attend any school in the state, but the receiving district is not required to provide transport for out of district students.

    I Hope when the dust clears some rational authority will step in and right the wrong here, be it the Governor, State Legislature, or Appeal Courts.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Holly

    Im so sick of hearing "it's cause im black...." when it's really "it's cause you cheated and broke the rules...." she's not the first parent to want better for their child, she's just one of the few who will break the law in order to get it, like those who steal pricey toys and clothes for their kids

    January 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • alumette

      she did not steal anything and certainly not toys. She wants a better quality education for her kids and she should get it. Somehow, I think her kids will be just fine. Quality education should go to the ones who have potential. It is comical to see well to do people spent $1000 a month on private schools as their kids do poorly and get nowhere after graduation. You get what you pay for but it is not necessary rewarding.

      January 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      In many cases I do agree with you, and feel the same. But in many cases the "it's because I am black" is valid argument. It's just sad that there are people that abuse it.

      January 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Veronica

    I would have done the same thing, and this happens more often than people think. It even happens intra-district if the district has two different high schools. Sometimes taxes aren't the issue.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. alumette

    It brings tears to my eyes to see that mother try so hard to offer a better education to her children. That move was something her children will remember for ever and they will do well. To arrest her was shameful. She is no criminal, simply a good mother. Congrats to her.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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