The American Dream Starts With a Quality Education

People from around the world come to the United States for a better life. They understand the greatness and uniqueness to our country and want to live the American Dream. A quality education is the starting point for their children to obtain the American Dream.

There are many stories of parents who will do whatever it takes to make sure their children have access to a quality education. There are some that even are willing to go to jail. Let’s look at a couple of examples from around the country.

garciaHamlet and Olesia Garcia in Lower Moreland, PA were arrested and charged with Education Fraud (stealing services) of $10,752.81 in August 2012. Their crime, using Olesia’s father’s address so their 5 yr old could attend a better school than the one in Philadelphia. The Garcia family has offered to pay the tuition, but the school district has refused opting for prosecution.

 

bolarAn Ohio mother, Kelley Williams-Bolar, spent 9 days in jail for wanting to get her daughter into a safe and better school. She used her father’s address to get her daughters into to the highly ranked schools in Copley-Fairlawn School District instead of the Akron district she lived in.

“It’s overwhelming. I’m exhausted,” she said. “I did this for them, so there it is. I did this for them.”

Williams-Bolar said she did it to keep her children safe and that she lived part-time with her dad.

“When my home got broken into, I felt it was my duty to do something else,” Williams-Bolar said.

Our current system of public education is broken and has now reached a point of great disparity between rich and poor schools. Denying parents access to quality education should be found unconstitutional under the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment as was done in 1954 in Brown vs Topeka. That ruling ended the practice of “separate but equal” used to justify segregation of schools by race. We must now end “separate and unequal” between rich and poor.

ALL children deserve access to a quality education and should not be arrested or imprisoned to make sure that happens. Fund the child and not the bureaucracy.

The disparities of funding and parental choice were highlighted during School Choice Week at a rally at Chicago’s Union Station on January 29th. As you can see from the pictures of the rally, thousands came out to tell Springfield “We want choice”. Here are some of the slogans on the signs:

  • Great Teachers Change Lives!
  • Got Choice?
  • I yearn to learn!
  • An effective education for all!
  • Let me Learn!
  • Choice means Hope!
  • The American Dream Starts With a Quality Education

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About Lennie Jarratt

Small Business Owner, Education Watchdog, FOIA expert, Founder of For Our Children's Future

Comments

  1. I would agree as an Immigrant that the unrestricted unlimited opportunities is what attracts people to come to America. The Education System would not universally qualify as an incentive here for most of the World’s Education Systems outperform that of America especially with reference to the dysfunctional Public Education Systems. America’s strength was free markets, Capitalism and unfettered competition which has severely waned in every respect since the early 20th Century. But a Parental Choice initiative that would allow the parents to select the School of their choice is a good solution if it is implemented with the proper principles like a $7K Voucher for every child for a Public, Parochial or Private School. This would provide not only real competition in the failed and bloated Public Education System, but it would finally address the “fraudulent” Public Sector Budgets. The $7K is more than the majority of the Parochial and Private operations require for K-12 but it is a fair start. If we could provide each child the opportunity to obtain the quality Education of the Private and Parochial Systems, we would save life of over 75% of the Public Education students. And would address a major part of the Public Sector fraud on the taxpayers.

  2. concerned taxpayer says:

    Nothing will change until school funding is changed to stop relying primarily on property taxes. This system is patently unfair. to seniors, non-parents, empty-nesters, and others who don’t use the schools. It also means that communities with lots of businesses pay lower taxes than bedroom communities. While I understand why the parents cited above lied in order to get their children into better schools, I am a taxpayer whose property taxes are very high and I don’t think I should have to pay for the education of other people’s children. Unfortunately school districts have gotten quite tough recently on people who “sneak in,” but it is only because they lose money in these situations, since they are in essence absorbing the entire cost of the children’s education without any property tax money coming in.

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