Last week the blogs buzzed with the story of a mother hit with a 10-day jail sentence and a $30,000 fine for misstating where she lived (she used her father’s address) to get her daughters into a better school. The mother, Kelley Williams-Bolar, is now unable to get an Ohio teaching license despite being only a few credit hours away from her degree due to this felony conviction.
There are so many things wrong here its hard to know where to begin. The heart-wrenching human drama of a woman severely punished for doing what she thought was right? The continuing racial divide in American’s schools more than half a century after Brown? The selective enforcement of a rule against a black family? A criminal system which places ever-higher penalties on a felony conviction and ever-lower bars on what constitutes a felony?