False Addresses

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.

3 Responses to “False Addresses”

  1. Dan says:

    How dare she take any sort of active role in the education of her children?

  2. Pitt says:

    The tone is definitely more of the old Black vs White race card playing. Even if that were the issue, complaining about race just brings an entirely new angle into the mix, dilluting the real problem.

    Hey, if its good enough for Kentucky…

    I wonder sometimes if Northern states get off easy. Having lived in both the North and the South, it seems like there is much more segregation going on in the North. The South seems much more integrated- though I can’t help but wonder if that adds to the perceived racial problems. If everyone keeps to themselves, the possibility of racial tension is much less.

  3. matt says:

    There is a lot of segregation in the older cities, at least in the Rust Belt. Most of them followed the same pattern – rural blacks moving north in the 1960s looking for factory employment, and the white population in cities like Buffalo, Cleveland and Detroit moving out to the suburbs.

    The same thing has been happening forever – the East Side of Buffalo was German, then Polish, then black, and now has a large Yemeni and Middle Eastern population. But I think that the second-generation assimilation is much harder for “visible minorities” – my father and mother look like standard issue white Americans, despite having parents who were immigrants. Black folks don’t get that automatic camouflage.

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