According to TIME.com:
(I)n the case of Kelley Williams-Bolar, her desire to get her children better educational placement landed her in jail, and may well derail her aspirations of becoming a teacher herself. Williams-Bolar, 40, and her two children live in housing projects in Akron, Ohio. For two years, she sent them to school in the Copley-Fairlawn district, where her father lived, because it was a safer environment -- the high crime rate in her area drove her decision. The suburban school district hired a private investigator to find their residential records and it turned out she listed the children as living in that district, although they actually stayed with her. Technically, that qualifies as a felony since she falsified records, and Judge Patricia Cosgrove sentenced her to two concurrent five-year prison sentences. She suspended the sentence, though, in favor of a 10-day jail sentence, 80 hours of community service and three years probation.
My first thought upon reading the entire article (click the link for the full story) was: Why didn't Ms. Williams-Bolar either move in with her father, or at least move her children in? It would have solved a lot of problems, wouldn't it?
My second thought was: And we thought everything was worse in New York City!
At least, in the following case, jail time wasn't involved - just money (but isn't that very New York?):
Can you put a price on fame? How about $20,000? That's how much two New Jersey parents owe the Department of Education for out-of-state tuition to Fiorello H. La Guardia School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts. For the past five years, Jill Schifter and Anthony Maulella of North Bergen, NJ have been using a friend's address on the Upper East Side to keep their daughter enrolled in the prestigious school without having to pay tuition.
Read the entire story at: Gothamist.com
What do you think? Should parents be allowed to send their child to any school they want - which basically means selective criteria - even if it was just a lottery - would need to be implemented at every school (and no admissions, even localy, would be a sure thing), or should residence fix and dictate educational opportunities? And should trying to get your child a better education be a felony?
Let us know!