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Title:Caught on the wrong side of the property line: an analysis of the "Akron mom" case
Author(s):Anderson, Chanee
Advisor(s):Trent, William T.
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline:Educational Policy Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Akron Mom
Education Inequality
Property rights
Abstract:Kelley Williams-Bolar of Akron, Ohio used her father’s address to enroll her children in a “better school” than those available in her home district. She argued that their grandfather was their assistant guardian and the person with whom her children lived at various times throughout the school year. Her efforts to provide her children with a better education were deemed unjustifiable by the Copley Fairlawn School District and the court of law; legal charges resulted. A critical analysis of this case and the resulting charges is needed. This paper not only includes a critique of the punishment and consequences experienced by the Williams-Bolar family, it also seeks to reveal the “The Akron Mom” case as an example of educational disparities resulting from the intersection of race, class, and property ownership. By drawing connections between the policies and procedures of school assignment and the chronic educational and social achievement gap between black and white students, the case of “The Akron Mom” is used as an example to not only show that deep-rooted discriminatory practices still exist within public education, but also ways in which constitutional mandates have failed to remedy racial, wealth based, and educational inequity in the P-12 public school system.
Issue Date:2012-09-18
Rights Information:Copyright 2012 Chanee D. Anderson
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-09-18
Date Deposited:2012-08

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