It’s not especially uncommon for people to lie about their primary address – saying that a child lives with a friend or grandparent, for example – in order to gain admission to a better school. And I’ve never heard of anyone being prosecuted for it. Well, until now.
Kelley Williams Bolar has been charged with theft and records tampering for sending her children to school in the district her father lives in, rather than her own.
I don’t especially agree with the strident tone of this news writeup, but it is one more painful example of how tying school funding to local property values is a flawed solution. Education is the tool that can break the cycle of poverty. Insisting that a population already mired in poverty has to fund its own schools is ridiculous.