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Here is a conversation piece....
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Thu, 01-27-2011 - 10:16am

People do this in our area all the time and in most cases you can arrange it based on where your child's daycare is! I can't imagine doing jail time for it!

http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/mom-sentenced-jail-seeking-better-education

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Thu, 01-27-2011 - 1:21pm
That is such a heartbreaking story to me. I think if you're going to commit a crime, you have to be prepared for the consequences, plain and simple. But that said, I really do feel for her. She wanted a better education for her children, who can blame her for that? Everyone should have access to excellent education regardless of where you live or who you are. I feel even worse about the fact that she can no longer work in a school because of her felony. Sad.
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Fri, 01-28-2011 - 11:01am

Most schools will allow out-of-district students if they have space, but charge them tuition.

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Fri, 01-28-2011 - 11:54am
I agree that it shouldn't go without a penalty but for most of these cases, a conversation or a warning is enough. I think a fine is as high a penalty should go for this sort of of "crime." Certainly, jail time is extreme and it's a shame that she'll have to forgo teaching because of the felony charge!

Our local district does not have the highest test scores but we are known for our flexibility and openess to working with parents. Because of this, we have many special needs and gifted transfers from neighboring communities who do a poor job accomodating. I know a couple years ago they had to stop allowing new transfers unless they were going to the specialty immersion school which is open to the whole county (but lottery.) Still, I can't imagine the district filing charges against someone who did this. Isn't it tramatic enough just to throw them out?
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Fri, 01-28-2011 - 12:05pm
"I agree that it shouldn't go without a penalty but for most of these cases, a conversation or a warning is enough. I think a fine is as high a penalty should go for this sort of of "crime." Certainly, jail time is extreme and it's a shame that she'll have to forgo teaching because of the felony charge!"

I think that's what got to me. There are people who are committing violent crimes, who seem to get off easier. This is victimless for the most part (unless, like Gwen said, she took someone else's seat in the classroom) so it seems so harsh to make it a felony.
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Fri, 01-28-2011 - 2:28pm

How ridiculous to be charged with a felony & jail time. This mom is working toward a teaching certificate, she will never get a job with a felony on her record, ugh. Did she deserve to be punished, yes, she broke the rules/laws. But a felony?? Just stupid. We had similar cases in our school back in CA, they just asked the student to leave the school. That was hard enough, can't imagine actually charging a parent with a felony, not even a misdemeanor.

Cathie, mom to Audrey & Emily 12 yrs, Libby 2 yrs
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Fri, 01-28-2011 - 2:50pm

Now the ugly question... do you think the penalty would have been so high had this woman been white? They say she lives in the projects. Would this happen to a mom who was living in a middle class suburb and wanted her kids closer to where she worked?

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Fri, 01-28-2011 - 6:14pm
No question in my mind that this was racially motivated. I understand the problem of cash-strapped school districts protecting their budgets and their residents but when I read that both the ailing elderly father and the single mother were being criminally charged, I was aghast. It would seem to me that the appropriate penalty should be a bill for the tuition payment or removal from the school. Frankly, depending on the facts in this case, I think she could have made a decent case that she was "residing" at her father's house.


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Fri, 01-28-2011 - 11:21pm
Yep...I actually don't buy the argument that "she broke the law so she must be punished". The same thing has happened in my town. The mom in the article knows her kids are educationally doomed at the school they are supposed to attend, and she's trying to make sure they don't end up in the "projects" she lives in now when they grow up. I think the focus here should be on equitable schooling for all, rather than criminalizing a woman who wants a better life for her kids.

Deborah

p.s. I am happy to pay taxes for public schools, although my three kids are mostly homeschooled. My district would have loved to have them all full time because the school "loses" money for each student who isn't enrolled. So why is the school losing money if my kid doesn't go, and yet somehow also losing money if some mom across the river (where the junior high has lead streaks on the stone steps of the antiquated junior high, from deterioration of the flashing on the antiquated building, and peeling lead paint in the window casings) sneaks her child into my district?
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Fri, 02-04-2011 - 8:35pm

Yup, my thoughts exactly.