Watkins/Sharpton rally in Ohio for Kelley Williams-Bolar and Educational Equality in America


On Thursday, February 17 at 6 pm, Dr. Boyce Watkins and Rev. Al Sharpton will rally in Akron Ohio on behalf of the case of Kelley Williams-Bolar, the single black mother who was jailed for sending her kids to the wrong school district.  The information for the rally is below:


Mountain of the Lord Church
Rev. Eugene Norris
1477 Copley Road
Akron, OH 44320
(330) 873-9793


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  1. mdbobb

    June 29, 2004: Kelley Williams-Bolar signs Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) lease for a single family home on Hartford Avenue in Akron, Ohio. She lists her two daughters as living with her, which qualified her for the home.

    March 2005: Williams-Bolar receives informational packet from Copley-Fairlawn Schools.

    January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2007: AMHA Tenant Report lists Williams-Bolar residence as Hartford Avenue in Akron, along with her two daughters.

    August 22, 2006: Williams-Bolar signs a free lunch application for her children at Copley-Fairlawn Schools. She does not list any income but lists more than $800 in monthly child support.

    September 11, 2006: Williams-Bolar signs sworn residency statement retroactive to August 22, 2006; statement reads: “If these statements are not factual and if evidence is found later to show that these facts are not true, I understand that I will owe tuition of $851 per month, per student.”

    April 23, 2007: Copley school officials drive to grandparents Black Pond Drive, Copley address and witness Williams-Bolar sitting in a car with her daughter waiting for the school bus. School calls Williams-Bolar and questions her residence; she’s adamant she and girls live on Black Pond Drive in Copley.

    April 25, 2007: Williams-Bolar changes her driver’s license to reflect Black Pond Drive, Copley address.

    May 12, 2007: Edward Williams signs residency form with Summit County Department of Job & Family Services, renewing his application for benefits. He indicates he lives at Black Pond Drive alone.

    September 6, 2007 – October 9, 2007: School surveyed Hartford Avenue, Akron and Black Pond, Copley addresses. Report includes videotape showing Williams-Bolar and children spending the night at Hartford and driving to Black Pond to catch the bus each morning.

    October 2, 2007: Williams-Bolar signs free lunch application for 2007 school year; lists no income or child support. An investigation later confirmed she received $800/month in child support in addition to income from employment with Akron Public Schools.

    October 26, 2007: Residency Hearing – Williams-Bolar testifies she and her daughters live at Black Pond, Copley address with her parents. No evidence to counter the Board’s finding of false residency. That same day, Williams-Bolar changes her address for her Towpath Credit Union to Black Pond address.

    October 31, 2007: Williams-Bolar changes her address with employer, Akron Public Schools, from Hartford Avenue, Akron to Black Pond Drive, Copley. (Akron Schools receives change of address post-residency hearing.)

    October 31, 2007: Edward Williams, Diana Williams, and Williams-Bolar filed notarized Grandparent Power of Attorney (POA) Affidavit in Juvenile Court, saying that children live with grandparents on Black Pond. (May 23, 2008: Williams and Williams-Bolar fail to appear in Juvenile Court; June 3, 2008: Judge Teodosio voids POA as false. Teodosio rules the POA was invalid in its inception. The ruling has not been not appealed.)

    November 13, 2007: Treasurer sends tuition bill to Williams-Bolar and Williams for past tuition.

    November 16, 2007: Edward Williams faxes school letter refusing to pay tuition since it’s a public school.

    January 29, 2008: Williams-Bolar confirms to AMHA that children are attending Copley schools but she and children reside at Hartford Avenue in Akron.

    February 8, 2008: School sends invoice to Williams-Bolar for tuition. Invoice returned: “Return to sender person has deployed overseas return in 18 months.”

    February 22, 2008: AMHA interviews Williams-Bolar and questions “deployment.” Bolar admits she lied; confirms she and children reside at Hartford Avenue in Akron; handwrote on statement confirming she and children reside at Hartford and that parent’s address just used to enroll children in Copley.

    May 15, 16, 17, 2008: Updated surveillance confirms Williams-Bolar still taking children to school bus stop in Copley.

    June 16, 2008: Williams and Williams-Bolar file civil rights complaint with U.S. Department of Education claiming racial discrimination. (December 10, 2008: U.S. Department of Education, Civil Rights Division found no discrimination.)

    October 22, 2009: Williams-Bolar and father indicted on charges.

    January 12, 2011: Jury trial commences.

    January 15, 2011: Jury finds Williams-Bolar guilty of two counts of tampering with evidence, felonies of the third degree, for falsifying multiple residency records and reduced lunch applications. Verdict deadlocked on grand theft charges against Williams and Williams-Bolar.

    January 19, 2011: Judge Patricia Cosgrove sentences Williams-Bolar to five years of prison, suspended, three years of probation, and 80 hours of community service. Cosgrove sends Williams-Bolar to a ten day jail term, and Williams-Bolar eventually serves nine days in jail.

    January 31, 2011: State dismisses deadlocked charges.

    February 1, 2011: Governor John Kasich is briefed on the case, but doesn’t say what he’ll do with the information. In a statement, he says he respects the law, but questions whether it’s right for Williams-Bolar to be a convicted felon.

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