Kelley Williams-Bolar is serving 10 days in jail for using her father’s address to enroll her two children in a high-performing school in a suburban district instead of her neighborhood school in Akron, Ohio. She refused the district’s demand to pay $30,000 in back tuition, claiming she lives part-time with her father.
Williams-Bolar, who said she was trying to keep her daughters safe, also runs the risk of being disqualified as a school teacher. She currently is an aide for special education classes and is near completion of a college degree that would allow her to become a teacher. Felons in Ohio can be disqualified from working as teachers.
The district says it can’t afford to educate children whose parents aren’t paying taxes in the district.
Many sympathize with the single mother’s plight, reports ABC News.
Update: Williams-Bolar was released from jail today after serving nine days. Ironically, her daughters have been living with their grandfather.