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I am livid about this, and have already written to the judge, the Akron paper and the school board. All this woman wanted was to give her kids and herself a better life. Now, she can not be a teacher, her kids and she can basically wallow in the subsidized housing on welfare. That, basically, is what the judge has said. And yeah, I do see it as a Black & white thing (as I know a good 6 people who do the same thing), but also see it as a poor vs. suburban thing.
If all schools were properly funded, instead of rich areas using public school as cheaper alternatives to private schooling, this would not even be an issue.

Kelley Williams-Bolar, 40, was sentenced to 10 days in Akron, OH, three years of probation following her release and 80 hours of community service for being convicted of falsifying residency records so that her two children could attend Copley-Fairlawn schools.

Williams-Bolar, who was standing before the bench with her attorney, Kerry M. O%u2019Brien, nearly collapsed into the arms of sheriff%u2019s deputies as she was led away, sobbing loudly, to begin serving her jail term. She was convicted of two counts of tampering with records.

While her two girls were registered as living at an address with her father on Black Pond Drive in Copley Township within the school district, prosecutors said the children actually were living in Akron with their mother on Hartford Avenue in subsidized housing provided by the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Cosgrove gave Williams-Bolar the maximum prison sentence, five years, for each of the two tampering charges and ordered the sentences to run concurrently.

But the judge suspended the five-year prison term in favor of the 10-day jail sentence and also ordered Williams-Bolar to perform 80 hours of community service in mentoring programs sponsored by her church or the NAACP.

Williams-Bolar, a single mother and a teaching assistant with special needs children at Buchtel High School, addressed the judge briefly before sentencing, saying %u201Dthere was no intention at all%u201D to deceive school district officials.

In asking Cosgrove to spare her from being taken into custody for any length of time, she said: %u201DMy girls need me. I%u2019ve never, ever gone a day without seeing them off. Never. My oldest daughter is 16. I need to be there to support them.%u201D

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