The Anti-Choice Police

Article-0-0CEBF437000005DC-523_233x382 A mom in Ohio was jailed for sending her kids to a better school. The school in their district was failing, so she sent the kids to the school in their father's district, even though they didn't live there. The school district pressed charged.

Judge Patricia Cosgrove sentenced her to two concurrent five-year prison sentences. She suspended the sentence, though, in favor of a 10-day jail sentence, 80 hours of community service and three years probation. She had been working as a teaching assistant for special needs children and earning a teaching degree, but since she is now a convicted felon, under Ohio law she cannot earn that degree.

Nice, huh?
Wendy sent me a link to this story last week, and I was too busy to jump on it. Big dummy. It's now viral and everybody has smart stuff to say on the topic. Ugh. Read Kevin Huffman.

6 thoughts on “The Anti-Choice Police

  1. There is a lot of that around here. School districts, though bigger than municipalities, are small enough that you might cross two or three in an average commute. Quality if also highly variable, thought within district variation is also huge. The only time it makes the paper is when a promising scholar athlete moves to stay with relatives who live in a district with an overly aggressive football coach.

  2. Some of you may remember that about 2 years ago I was engaged in a fight with the asshole superintendent of our district over the residency policy. I was pissed off that the new policy required everyone to send in a notarized form attesting to residency and I refused to do it. This almost led to a lawsuit; I was thisclose and backed off for a combo of reasons. I still wish I’d fought it.
    What this illustrates is the very consequence I warned people in my community about. Do we really want to send people who violate these policies to jail? Have they really thought that policy through, or did they think that they could just puff up like a long-eared owl and scare all the bad people away?

  3. Scalzi’s good on this, too.
    About 90 comments down the thread, there’s a claim that comments are more generally supportive when a picture of the mom does not run with the article. That’s the sort of thing I’d like to see quantified, but would find very interesting if true.

  4. We have this here in Canada as well but the faking of your home address is primarily to get into high demand French immersion schools. I haven’t heard of anyone being prosecuted though or ratted out.
    I have always wondered, though, what happens when you have playdates – won’t everyone realise that you are from outside the district?

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