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The Latest Crime Wave: Sending Your Child to a Better School

Trajan

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the title is sarcastic but I think its apt.

Yes, by the law, she is in fact getting 'over' on the system by sending her kids to a school outside her district there fore her taxes which may be higher than her dads ( who I will wager is childless now) are not funding the school via property tax etc. but for god sakes, 9 days in jail and 2 felonies?

I'd say the system is getting over on her if she had become that desperate to try and get her kids a better education, one which is not apparently available in her home district.


The Latest Crime Wave: Sending Your Child to a Better School
School districts hire special investigators to follow kids home in order to verify their true residences.



In case you needed further proof of the American education system's failings, especially in poor and minority communities, consider the latest crime to spread across the country: educational theft. That's the charge that has landed several parents, such as Ohio's Kelley Williams-Bolar, in jail this year.

An African-American mother of two, Ms. Williams-Bolar last year used her father's address to enroll her two daughters in a better public school outside of their neighborhood. After spending nine days behind bars charged with grand theft, the single mother was convicted of two felony counts. Not only did this stain her spotless record, but it threatened her ability to earn the teacher's license she had been working on.

Ms. Williams-Bolar caught a break last month when Ohio Gov. John Kasich granted her clemency, reducing her charges to misdemeanors from felonies. His decision allows her to pursue her teacher's license, and it may provide hope to parents beyond the Buckeye State. In the last year, parents in Connecticut, Kentucky and Missouri have all been arrested—and await sentencing—for enrolling their children in better public schools outside of their districts.

These arrests represent two major forms of exasperation. First is that of parents whose children are zoned into failing public schools—they can't afford private schooling, they can't access school vouchers, and they haven't won or haven't even been able to enter a lottery for a better charter school. Then there's the exasperation of school officials finding it more and more difficult to deal with these boundary-hopping parents.

From California to Massachusetts, districts are hiring special investigators to follow children from school to their homes to determine their true residences and decide if they "belong" at high-achieving public schools. School districts in Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey all boasted recently about new address-verification programs designed to pull up their drawbridges and keep "illegal students" from entering their gates.

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Other school districts use services like VerifyResidence.com, which provides "the latest in covert video technology and digital photographic equipment to photograph, videotape, and document" children going from their house to school. School districts can enroll in the company's rewards program, which awards anonymous tipsters $250 checks for reporting out-of-district students.

Only in a world where irony is dead could people not marvel at concerned parents being prosecuted for stealing a free public education for their children.

unfortunately more at-

Micheal Flaherty: The Latest Crime Wave—Sending Your Child to a Better School - WSJ.com
 
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School choice is the answer. Notice that it's a GOP governor who reduced her sentence. Republicans want real education. Educational choices will answer to the broken and crappy system that is too expensive and yet failing our kids.
 

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Computer education with cheap powerful computers is the answer.

But if that was actually done well it would screw up the entire class structure concept where the lower classes are supposed to be poorly educated.

Curios how a good reading list could not have been created decades ago.

The Tyranny of Words (1938) by Stuart Chase
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9H1StY1nU8]"The Tyranny of Words" - YouTube[/ame]

A Short History of the World by H. G. Wells
The Project Gutenberg E-text of A Short History of the World, by H. G. Wells

The Accounting Game: Basic Accounting Fresh From the Lemonade Stand
Foolish Book Review: "The Accounting Game"

Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics, by Stan Gibilisco
teach yourself electricity and electronics

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I can see this becoming a common problem in the future. The cost of private schools is prohibitive to most people. My son found it would cost $20,000-$30,000 per child to have his three children attend.

Since he wasn't happy with the instruction the children were receiving, he found a website that home schoolers sometimes use and the children use this in addition to their normal education. Only $15.00 per month. He coordinates the lessons with what they are learning in the classroom.

In addition, they go beyond and learn about world history, geometry and the children are free to select new lessons they are interested in. I am astonished with what they are learning.
 

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I have started reading that. Yeah it's from 1922 but I figure Wells would have a more interesting perspective on history than most. They thought the Earth was 2 billion years old back then but admitted it might be older. 2 billion, 4 billion, what's the difference? :lol:

Oh yeah, that was before Hubble and other galaxies were discovered.

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the title is sarcastic but I think its apt.

Yes, by the law, she is in fact getting 'over' on the system by sending her kids to a school outside her district there fore her taxes which may be higher than her dads ( who I will wager is childless now) are not funding the school via property tax etc. but for god sakes, 9 days in jail and 2 felonies?

I'd say the system is getting over on her if she had become that desperate to try and get her kids a better education, one which is not apparently available in her home district.


The Latest Crime Wave: Sending Your Child to a Better School
School districts hire special investigators to follow kids home in order to verify their true residences.



In case you needed further proof of the American education system's failings, especially in poor and minority communities, consider the latest crime to spread across the country: educational theft. That's the charge that has landed several parents, such as Ohio's Kelley Williams-Bolar, in jail this year.

An African-American mother of two, Ms. Williams-Bolar last year used her father's address to enroll her two daughters in a better public school outside of their neighborhood. After spending nine days behind bars charged with grand theft, the single mother was convicted of two felony counts. Not only did this stain her spotless record, but it threatened her ability to earn the teacher's license she had been working on.

Ms. Williams-Bolar caught a break last month when Ohio Gov. John Kasich granted her clemency, reducing her charges to misdemeanors from felonies. His decision allows her to pursue her teacher's license, and it may provide hope to parents beyond the Buckeye State. In the last year, parents in Connecticut, Kentucky and Missouri have all been arrested—and await sentencing—for enrolling their children in better public schools outside of their districts.

These arrests represent two major forms of exasperation. First is that of parents whose children are zoned into failing public schools—they can't afford private schooling, they can't access school vouchers, and they haven't won or haven't even been able to enter a lottery for a better charter school. Then there's the exasperation of school officials finding it more and more difficult to deal with these boundary-hopping parents.

From California to Massachusetts, districts are hiring special investigators to follow children from school to their homes to determine their true residences and decide if they "belong" at high-achieving public schools. School districts in Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey all boasted recently about new address-verification programs designed to pull up their drawbridges and keep "illegal students" from entering their gates.

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Other school districts use services like VerifyResidence.com, which provides "the latest in covert video technology and digital photographic equipment to photograph, videotape, and document" children going from their house to school. School districts can enroll in the company's rewards program, which awards anonymous tipsters $250 checks for reporting out-of-district students.

Only in a world where irony is dead could people not marvel at concerned parents being prosecuted for stealing a free public education for their children.

unfortunately more at-

Micheal Flaherty: The Latest Crime Wave—Sending Your Child to a Better School - WSJ.com

In the early 1960s, my mother was very dissatisfied with the current school we lived in, which was out in the boonies at the time, that she transferred us to a totally different one, hiring babysitter for us and the babysitter was the address. There was never a problem with it. I believe that here in at least this area, you can send your kids to any school you want. if they hassled me about it, they'd be home schooled anyway or I'd find SOME way to send them to a private. No child of mine today would set foot in a public school in K through 12.
 

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