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. Linda

    How much money did they waste housing this woman in jail?! This goes on all over, people. Oftentimes, parents will claim a grandparents address because it's more convenient to their workplace, or the kids can walk to the grandparents after school for childcare, or the after school program is more convenient – lots of reason. Jail time? Unreal. I thought our jails were overcrowded, and you're jailing someone for this?!

    January 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lady Capricorn

    I understand she is going to school to be a teacher. Now she has a felony record and you can't be a teacher if you have a felony record. Seriously as bad as we need teachers! Shame on the justice system!

    January 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      Thank you for posting. I hadn't heard this angle of the story.

      January 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • getoverit

      yes we should let her be a teacher and showed all of our children how to cheat the system

      January 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Medellin

      Yes, and it is good we are showing our children that prejudice is still alive.

      January 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • getoverit

      LOL, 48 other cases were also filed from that school, and all the other parents made some sort of deal. She was the only one who did not. She is not being penalized for being african american, she is being penalized for commiting fraud as did the other 47 people.

      January 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Medellin

      And that as Americans, we cannot work together, stay on your side of the street and I will stay on mine. If something happens, that is your problem not mine. way to teach values to kids

      January 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • pulltheracecard

      Yes way to teach values, fraud is not "ok" and trying to get free stuff that you have not paid for (different county, different taxes) is not ok either.

      January 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gateway

    Wow! She was put in jail for that? And $6,000 were spent in investigative costs?
    Copley-Fairlawn, are you proud?

    January 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Medellin

    I'm beginning to think that schools should be federalized at this point. Cant be worse that one some states are doing already.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • lftryagain

      Worst mistake possible, when the Federal Government intervenes and makes policies, it ALWAYS ends up worse than before! 🙂 Could you imagine, if the schools were run by the Federal Government, this woman would have been in FEDERAL COURT! OUCH.

      January 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aloisae

      Well.. the majority of the money spent by Akron schools comes from either general state funding or federal funding already (Akron only pays about 37% of its district's education expenses out of local taxes). And that is the district this woman lied to avoid sending her children to despite the funding system resulting in Akron schools having about $4,000 more to spend per student than Copley (the district she lied to send her children to) which is expected to pay over 75% of its own educational expenses.

      While there is obviously a lot more involved than simple funding, it doesn't look like federalizing the education system would solve the problem. In fact, the school system which is primarily self funding and less dependent on the state and/or federal systems already in place is doing better than the one which is highly dependent on the state/federal systems.

      January 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SouthernBelle

    Seriously?....she can't live in subsidized housing AND expect a decent education for her kids? Why not?

    January 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Keith

    That school district has a lot of power! That is who we should be looking at. Once introduced to the unbalanced legal system, they will throw the book at you without money and proper representation. The school district claims they tried to work with her. It seems to me that they should have simply kicked her kids out of the district. It almost seems the district is sending a message so NO ONE else will try it, especially those of a minority race.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Candice

      I agree but, of course, she is in the wrong??? This type of injustice has been going on for years but the marginalized and disfranchised are the ones who receive the worse of the penalization. Racism and classism is still a major issue in this country regardless of how post-racial we think we are. It is always amazing to me that those who think it isn't an issue are mostly the perpetrators of it. Always calling the one being victimized the blame but as soon as one of them do it, it is an individual but as soon as a minority does it, it is the whole race to blame. SAD, SAD, SAD!

      January 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aloisae

      Candice: How are the minorities being marginalized in this case? The more racially diverse district (the one the woman lied to not send her kids to) receives MORE state and federal funding than the predominantly white district. Not only are they expected to pay less of the costs of educating their children, the funding equation actually results in that economically disadvantaged district having significantly more to spend per student (with a resulting average class size 3/4 that of the better school because it can afford to hire more teachers/buy more supplies etc).

      Obviously, funding isn't the only component in this but the "marginalized/disadvantaged" students are having more money spent on them and a LOT more of that coming from outside sources (in this case in the form of general state funds and federal funding). Which means the marginalization is coming from something other than the economic state of the school district... likely from the parents and community which means it is creating itself the conditions which lead to the marginalization. Of course, there are many, many good parents in these districts and it is shame that their kids are suffering because of the bad ones... but people scream and yell too about magnet type schools in these districts being "unfair" because they provide better (and safer) schools to the students who perform better and are less disruptive and have involved parents.

      January 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lftryagain

    For all of those people who are saying "why didn't she move in with her father?" well, have you thought maybe her father didn't want her to? Or maybe she would lose her public assistance and education grants? Here is a woman who is trying to get an education, make sure her CHILDREN get an education and she is trying to get out of the welfare trap. I say give her kids the chance to go to this school. I want to see the government help this woman, not all the welfare roll lifers who have no interest in "Bettering" their lives and getting off of public assistance! Said thing is, she probably was arrested for this because she was black! VERY very sad.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cj

    If you want your kid to go to a good school, make better choices and live in a good neighborhood. PERIOD.

    See how there was no mention of a husband, so right there she lives in section8 as HLN reported and not married so there ya go.

    Why can't she live with her dad instead of section 8 if her kids are really important she will stop taking advantage of government programs and pay for her whole rent on her own

    January 27, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • getoverit

      well don't you know that she must have perfect free education, free healthcare, free food, free living, and anything else she does not want to work for. And if she gets accused of any illegal activity it is racist not that she did something wrong

      January 27, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • lftryagain

      getoverit, GOD forbid that there are people on welfare that use it to help themselves try to step out of poverty. Why don't you go check out the illegal immigrants that are having babies, living on welfare, and by the way, lliving with the babies "DADDY" claiming to be single and not having any money. DEFRAUDING our system. Why not go after that kind of abuse of the system, instead of a woman who obviously wants her children to have a better education so they don't end up on welfare.

      January 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • pulltheracecard

      why does the government have to provide better education? what happened to parents being parents and teaching their kids?

      January 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rita

    That is so ridiculous jail time. So, where does this racial thing come in? Is the mother a racist against black people because she put her kids in a predominately white school? I mean really maybe she just wanted her kids to go to that school. What's the big deal? Enough already with the race crap. WE are all people. The race comment is getting sooooooooooo old. Everyone gets discriminated somehow in life in one time or another. Stop blaming race and get over it already.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. justkiddin

    If she were to sell that 2 inch thick and 25 inches long gold necklace, she could rent a better place in the school district of her choice. She wanted gub'ment housing instead of living with her settled down father so she can see baby daddy whenever she wants.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. getoverit

    Man, what a pitty that she might not be able to become a teacher, I could not wait for her to teach my kids how to live off the government, probably have different baby daddies that will not be around and get out of any legal trouble by claiming racism.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Candice

      That was idiotic. Essenially, you are saying, "let the black woman stay poor and not aspire for nothing. She ain't nothing and will never be nothing." That is soooooo sad. I hope you have no dealings with the public.

      January 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • JayZ

      She might even teach you the difference between a period and a comma!

      January 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • lftryagain

      getoverit, maybe if those deadbeat sperm doners or the father of her children would pay to help care for them, she wouldn't need any assistance. Let's go further, if men would start wrapping it, we might not need welfare!

      January 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ieat

    this is an easy one. Just move in with the dad. Save money on housing and the kids get to go to a good school.
    I give this woman credit for trying to get a better education for her kids. She should be applauded for that effort. Yes it's wrong for her to falsify but shouldn't the district look at WHY she has to do that? She won't have to do that if a poor neighborhood provide a good school. Just because one is poor, it doesn't mean they deserve less of a PUBLIC education. That's the whole point of having a public education, is so that everyone can be educated, and we need well educated kids so they can break out of the bad cycle.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sam

    Break the law, go to jail. I don't care if you are black, white or green. Quit making this about race.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JayZ

    I love the concept of people, but people ruin it. – Jamie Wayans

    January 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pat

    Look teachers here in NYS state a maxium of 6 periods a day, Gym teachers making $110,000 plus for gym class r u kidding. Low pay for college degree how is making $5,500 to 50 k at 23 or 24 a low paying job. What other job dow you get paid holidays off, summers off, weekends off and once you retire teachers do not pay state income tax, plus free health insurance. If a teacher has to eat lunch in 20 minutes with kids oh well they choose there profession, just like a fireman has to go into burning buildings it is there job. If your a teacher Katrina please find another profession and let someone who loves kids teach. No one forced you to teach you choice .
    Unions were needed in the 1900's now there are agencies in place to insure things do not happen what took place in 1900's. lets face it Policitans and unions are the main is what is holding this country back. I ask you this who is harder to get rid of a bad teacher or poor policitan??? thanks to ur unions a teacher !!!!!

    January 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
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