The Latest Crime Wave: Sending Your Child to a Better School

by michael on October 4, 2011

The Latest Crime Wave: Sending Your Child to a Better School

In today’s Wall Street Journal: That’s right, criminals! Stealing an education for their children is now a common crime. One must force one’s self to see the big picture in situations such as these. Ruthless intellectual honest and moral clarity are demanded in order to be capable of seeing what is there to be seen.

Here’s the big picture: lots of public schools are atrocious. They are dangerous, ineffective and a failure by all measures. Not so obvious is that they are intentionally permitted to be so. People in positions of power willfully and methodically allow these schools to operate and damage children. A few parents try to fight for their children but they cannot succeed. They are crushed by the people that are crushing the children of those parents. It’s a malevolent pincer movement: monopolize the education and then send to jail the few parents willing to fight the system in the only measured non violent way they know how. Read the complete article. Here are a few key paragraphs:

The Latest Crime Wave: Sending Your Child to a Better School School districts hire special investigators to follow kids home in order to verify their true residences. By MICHEAL FLAHERTY

In case you needed further proof of the American education system’s failings, especially in poor and minority communities, consider the latest crime to spread across the country: educational theft. That’s the charge that has landed several parents, such as Ohio’s Kelley Williams-Bolar, in jail this year.

An African-American mother of two, Ms. Williams-Bolar last year used her father’s address to enroll her two daughters in a better public school outside of their neighborhood. After spending nine days behind bars charged with grand theft, the single mother was convicted of two felony counts. Not only did this stain her spotless record, but it threatened her ability to earn the teacher’s license she had been working on.

In January, Ohioan Kelley Williams-Bolar was sentenced to 10 days in jail, three years of probation, and 80 hours of community service for having her children attend schools outside her district. Gov. John Kasich reduced her sentence last month. From California to Massachusetts, districts are hiring special investigators to follow children from school to their homes to determine their true residences and decide if they “belong” at high-achieving public schools.

School districts in Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey all boasted recently about new address-verification programs designed to pull up their drawbridges and keep “illegal students” from entering their gates. School districts can enroll in the company’s rewards program, which awards anonymous tipsters $250 checks for reporting out-of-district students.

In August, an internal PowerPoint presentation from the American Federation of Teachers surfaced online. The document described how the AFT undermined minority parent groups’ efforts in Connecticut to pass the “parent trigger” legislation that offers parents real governing authority to transform failing schools. A key to the AFT’s success in killing the effort, said the document, was keeping parent groups from “the table.” AFT President Randi Weingarten quickly distanced her organization from the document, but it was small consolation to the parents once again left in the cold.

Were Francie (from novel “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) around today, she’d be sad but not surprised to see how little things have changed. Students are still poisoned by low expectations, their parents are still getting bulldozed. But Francie wouldn’t yield to despair. She would remind this new generation of courageous parents of the Tree of Heaven, from which her story gets its title—”the one tree in Francie’s yard that was neither a pine nor a hemlock. It grew in boarded-up lots and out of neglected rubbish heaps and it was the only tree that grew out of cement.”

The tree, the narrator adds, “liked poor people.” Mr. Flaherty is president and cofounder of Walden Media, which coproduced the 2010 documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman.'”


 I am forever perplexed why so many voters believe the government will provide better solutions to problems than will be provided by alternative means. Where are the president and the Congressional Black Caucus when blacks need real help? More later

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