By: Krystle Crossman
We want our children to get the best education that they possibly can. Some parents will go to great lengths to make this happen such as coming up with tuition money to send them to private school. But what if you don’t have that kind of money? Some parents are sending their children to schools that are outside of the district that their children live in and lying to the schools about their residence so that their child can have a better education. While this may seem harmless, it is actually considered “stealing” in some states and there are eight places at this time that will put parents in jail for lying about where the student lives.
Remember Kelley Williams-Bolar? She was an Ohio mother who attempted to provide her daughters with a better education and landed behind bars. She was convicted of lying about her residency to get her daughters into a better school district.
Public schools are funded by property taxes in the city that the school is in. If you don’t live in the city that the school is in, you are technically not paying for your child to go there. Your property tax money goes to the schools in your district to pay for your child’s education. When you send your child to a different district you are using up money that other tax payers put in to the system and not returning the favor by paying taxes in as well. This is why some states are cracking down on punishments for parents that do this.
The states that are putting up punishment for boundary-jumping are:
– New York
– Washington DC
One woman in New York sent her kids to a different school and was eventually arrested and charged with felony grand larceny. Eventually her charges were dropped to a misdemeanor but she did spend time in jail. She said that she did not regret it and would do it again if it meant that her children got a better education. They estimated that she had cost the tax payers in that district $28,000.
Others have been arrested on charges of theft by deception. They have made some of the parents pay back the money that they racked up in “tuition”. Other states are now beginning to join these eight places as well, such as Connecticut. If you want your child to have the best education possible it seems that they either need to be taught at home or you will have to move your entire family if you do not like the school that they currently attend.