Earlier this year, many of us expressed outrage at the fact that a mother received jail time for enrolling her kids in a school district outside of where she resides. For the record I still think what Kelley Williams-Bolar endured in Akron was foul. Jail time and a felony charge was quite excessive considering her “crime” against society. Maybe it’s just me, but felony charges for enrolling your kids in a district outside of where you live, isn’t quite the crime or criminal that keeps me up at night.

Having said that, it’s good to see Ohio governor John Kasich step up and reduce her charges in spite of what the Ohio parole board had to say about the recommendation to reduce her charges. Charges which would have prevented her from obtaining her license to teach in the state of Ohio.

AKRON, Ohio — An Ohio woman who was jailed for using her father’s address to enroll her children in a neighboring school district told a television station she’s grateful she got a break from the governor and would handle things differently if she could relive the episode.

Williams-Bolar, a teacher’s assistant at Akron public schools, said the original charges threatened her efforts to earn her teacher’s license.

“You limit yourself when something like a felony gets under your belt,” she told the television station.

The Akron woman served nine days in jail earlier this year for falsifying information on records she used to send her daughters to schools in the suburban Copley-Fairlawn schools.

Kasich said he was giving her a “second chance” – not a pass – because he felt the penalty was too harsh. He acted as he did despite a unanimous recommendation from the Ohio Parole Board that the felony conviction should stand.

Williams-Bolar had told the parole board during a July hearing that she was remorseful for lying.

“It was wrong, and I expressed that, and I wanted them to understand and know that I knew that what I did was not right,” she said Thursday. “But, at the same, I was looking out for my daughters.”

Williams-Bolar, a single mother, said safety was her main concern when she enrolled the girls in the Copley-Fairlawn district. Officials there challenged her daughters’ residency in 2007, when they were 9 and 13 years old. She also said she was worried about leaving the children alone because someone had broken into her home. (source)

Way to go governor Kasich; you did the right thing.

  • To date, this is the one decision that John Kasich has made that I agree with.  But, it is not without the attachment of political motivation on his part.

    The real crime is the fact that the school in the community where Williams-Bolar resides is not suitable enough for her to feel comfortable.  You know I reside in the O-State and I can atest to the fact that our system of public education is just as shakey as the rest of the nation.