How Ohio’s Copley-Fairlawn School District Keeps Their Lily-White Reputation

by Karoli on January 26, 2011 · 126 comments

photo of kelley williams-bolar

This is a tale of two children, two school districts, four schools, a single African-American mom, and injustice. It is also a tale about how No Child Left Behind has failed. But more than all of that, it’s about how our educational system, our economy, and our society is failing the poor and disadvantaged, regardless of race. It’s about urban and suburban, about the fierce love and protectiveness of a single mom, about her efforts to better her own life as much as it is about her dream that her children would have a better life, and a cautionary tale about what will happen if school vouchers replace the public education system. It’s also about racism and exclusivity. About segregation and separate, but certainly not equal.

Meet Kelly Williams-Bolar

Kelly Williams-Bolar is a 40-year old single mother. She has two daughters, age 14 and 16. And Kelly Willliams-Bolar is now a convicted felon just released after serving her jail time. She was not convicted for drugs, or stealing, or violence. Before this year, she had no criminal record. She was convicted for sending her children to school in the neighboring school district where her 64-year old father lives.

Ms. Williams-Bolar was almost done completing her degree in education at Akron University. She worked as a special education teacher’s aide at Buchtel High School in the Akron School District. Her father had a stroke 3 or 4 years ago, and she was his sole caretaker. She lived in subsidized rented housing on Hartford Street in Akron when she wasn’t at her father’s house on Black Pond Road in adjacent Copley Township. There’s not much distance between the two locations — about 3 miles or so.

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I don’t know much more about her than I’ve written here, most of it gleaned from newspaper reports of her trial. I can’t tell you what her favorite thing to do with her daughters was, or how she felt about the pressure of raising two daughters in poverty while working as hard as she could to better herself. I can’t tell you any of that. But I can tell you that she was working for something better for herself and her children, and she was deeply concerned about their safety.

It’s safe to also infer this: If she was working during the day at Buchtel High School, she was attending Akron University at night. That meant it was entirely likely that her girls were either on their own in an unsafe neighborhood or they had to stay with their grandfather when she went to school.

Akron School District

Here are some statistics about the Akron School District and specifically, about the schools where Williams-Bolar’s daughters would have attended.

Perkins Middle School
The eldest daughter would have attended Perkins Middle School. The 2009-2010 report card issued for this school has designated it as a school on “Academic Watch”. It is a Title I school under NCLB. Out of 8 state indicators, it met 1. On the Performance Index it scored 75.4. It did not meet the benchmarks for “adequate yearly progress”. For that school year, 461 students were enrolled. Of those, 92.8% of them are classified as “economically disadvantaged”, 92.1% of them are black, and 5% are multi-racial.

Schumacher Academy Elementary School
The youngest daughter would have attended Schumacher Academy. The 2009-2010 report card issued for this school has designated it as a school making “Continuous Improvement”, which is one step up from “Academic Watch”. It is a Title I school under NCLB. Out of 8 state indicators, it met 2. On the Performance Index it scored 81.0. It did not meet the benchmarks for “adequate yearly progress”. For that school year, 202 students were enrolled. Of those, 100% of them are classified as “economically disadvantaged”. 93.4% of them are black, with the remaining percentages scattered across the other classes, none large enough to measure.

The state pays $6,601 per pupil in the Akron School District. The per-pupil expenditure for Akron is $13,200. The difference is paid for via local taxes and presumably, federal revenues.

Copley – Fairlawn School District

Here are some statistics about the Copley-Fairlawn School District, where Williams-Bolar enrolled her daughters.

Copley-Fairlawn Middle School
The eldest daughter attended Perkins Middle School. The 2009-2010 report card issued for this school has designated it as “Excellent with Distinction”. Out of 11 state indicators, it met 11. On the Performance Index it scored 103.1 out of 120. It met the benchmarks for “adequate yearly progress”. For that school year, 1,060 students were enrolled. Of those, 16.2% of them are classified as “economically disadvantaged”, 73.6% of them are white, 13.9% black, and 6.3% are Asian. Poverty status is ranked as “low poverty”.

Arrowhead Primary Elementary School
The youngest daughter attended Arrowhead Primary Elementary School. The 2009-2010 report card issued for this school has designated it as “Excellent”. Out of 5 state indicators, it met 5. On the Performance Index it scored 103.8 out of 120. It met the benchmarks for “adequate yearly progress”. For that school year, 361 students were enrolled. Of those, 15.9% of them are classified as “economically disadvantaged”, 82.7% of them are white, 9.9% black, and 4.5% are multi-racial. Poverty status is ranked as “low poverty”.

The state pays $2,071 per pupil in the Copley-Fairlawn School District. The per-pupil expenditure for Akron is $9,928. The difference is paid for via local property taxes and presumably, federal revenues. According to this columnist, 53 cents of every property tax dollar in Copley goes to the school system.

Poor children left behind?

The numbers speak for themselves. Any parent evaluating school options for their child would be crazy to choose Akron over Copley-Fairlawn, assuming they had a choice. Further, because both of the Akron schools were Title I schools, parents would have had the option to transfer their children to schools within that district which were performing, but unfortunately, the entire district is underperforming.

It’s impossible to ignore the correlation between poverty and school performance, too, and this is one of the biggest arguments surrounding the whole NCLB model. Underperforming schools end up losing federal funding due to student transfers, which causes them to underperform even more. The disparity between state allocations to the two districts is based upon a weird Ohio formula which is heavily reliant on property tax revenues. According to this report, it’s been found unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court on four separate occasions since 1997, and still seems to be quite disparate, simply based upon the split between Akron and Copley-Fairlawn. Akron receives poverty-based adjustments; Copley-Fairlawn does not.

How would vouchers have worked?

Under the voucher proposals floated over the years, each parent would be given a voucher toward their child’s education, which they could then use toward their child’s attendance at a public or private school of their choice. However, vouchers would not have helped this family because the Copley-Fairlawn school district is still a closed district, and doesn’t accept children who do not reside within their district borders.

Not participating in Ohio’s open enrollment program is an easy way of keeping a school system homogenous, wouldn’t you say?

Race is a huge elephant in the room

Let the words in this recent op-ed sink in:

Copley has been working for years to rid the district of every outside student who has not been accepted (they must meet certain academic and behavior standards) and is not paying tuition. I wrote about the crusade back in March of 2008, when I reported that the district was offering $100 rewards to anyone blowing the whistle on an illegal outsider.

I also reported the district’s frustration with a 2006 case in which a different local judge said she could find no case law that supports ”the conclusion that failure to pay tuition constitutes theft of ‘professional services.’ ”

Dyer’s 2008 article is behind an archive paywall, but I found this post referencing it:

Today’s Akron Beacon Journal reports that the school has also hired private detectives to root out the imposters. Even Wheadon is putting in extra hours, seven days a week, unpaid, to track down folks stealing from his till. And he’s not pleased by his discoveries. Many of the families in question rent cheap apartments in Copley, hoping to meet residency requirements. But the families never move, leaving the places in various states of disrepair. “The other day we were in a house (that somebody claimed to be living in),’” Wheadon told the Beacon. “And in one room there are nothing but empty liquor bottles all over the floor. And right in front of you is the living room, with no furniture whatsoever. Just a fireplace and a doughnut. That’s all that’s in the house.” Wheadon is now looking to the state legislature to dissuade parents from sneaking their kids into the district. And he’s found a supporter in Beacon columnist Bob Dyer. “Many of the outlaw parents say they’re financially strapped and only trying to do what’s best for their children,” writes Dyer, who lives in Copley. “But they could say the same thing about stealing new shoes. That excuse just doesn’t cut it. It’s time to adjust the theft laws. That would give legislators something to do while they sit around ignoring the Supreme Court’s order to fix school funding.”

That was 2008. The so-called “thefts of service” Williams-Bolar was accused of took place in 2006-2007. And you know what? They hired private detectives to follow her, videotape her, and ultimately, convict her. Do you think perhaps the color of her skin had something to do with it?

Lest we forget, Williams-Bolar’s father LIVES in Copley. Is he not part of the tax base? Even if he’s renting the home he’s living in, someone owns it and is paying property taxes. So how is it that this becomes “theft”?

Go look at that map again and see how close Copley Township is to Akron boundaries. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that when they’re talking about “families in question”, they’re talking about people of color. That bullshit about them not moving doesn’t make sense either, given that these are people living in POVERTY. They’re not exactly in a position to rent two homes, even if one is partly financed via public assistance.

I don’t have the answers to how to lift the children in the Akron school district out of their poverty, but I know this much. When someone is working toward a better life, has no criminal record, and is trying to be a good parent, the color of their skin should not invite them to be followed like a dog in order to toss them out of the white schools.

And that, my friends, is exactly what happened. It’s wrong, it’s ugly, and it’s happening all over this country.

{ 117 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Msajaye January 27, 2011 at 3:19 am

This is like being singled out. This school hired an investigator to find out about the children. Racial profiling for children is the lowest type of injustice. America is still racist and nothing is going to change that fact.

2 Pvtims January 27, 2011 at 3:38 am

It should be worth noting that no one associated with financial crisis has spent a minute in jail. Ah, America, where you can steal billions unfettered but go to jail for trying to skirt school boundry requirements.

3 Coco-josette January 27, 2011 at 8:21 am

Over a 100 parents were investigated…so how do you figure she was singled out? She was the only parent that did not withdraw her children from Copley and put them back in school in the school district that they lived. She also refused the offer to pay tuition for the girls to go to Copley. Both the Akron School District and the Copley School district money because of her and others like her action. She cost the tax payers of both school district.

Presently she is being investigated by HUD for housing fraud. Looks like she is a cheat in more than one way. And that goes to her character not her race!

4 Garry Barzel January 27, 2011 at 10:30 am

This story is totally bizarre. It just shows how screwed the educational system is. Our country is falling apart……

5 Jason Fisher January 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm

She did want her kids to have a better education. You may scream fraud, but that is taken out of context. Let’s examine this so that it can be logically explained.

The mother lives in different district, yet same town. Because of this the base city tax rate is still paid. City and county “base” tax rates so far have not gone to a purely “district” tax rate, I.e. a 7% sales tax rate in one district within town is not a 7.25% in a neighboring district.

“Wait a minute”, I can already hear you crying foul, “she cheated on property taxes”! While it is true that she did not, herself, pay for property taxes that are implemented to “subsidize” this “public” education/school district; her father does. Her father lives in this district and pays the taxes that help to “subsidize”. Statistically speaking [according to intermittent gallop and census polls] those that claim to not receive benefit from a tax are against it, hence why many conservatives are against “Obamacare”.

Some go so far as to say “I send my children to private schools, why should I have to pay for some other kids’ public education?” Not only is the father paying for this subsidized education, but in order for the mother to be “deceptive” she has to forgo one of the benefits this subsidized district tax rate enables; to quote her “I drop my kids off every day”, her kids do not ride the district bus. Lastly and ironically she still pays “her” district tax rate which subsidizes other kids’ public education that she/[her kids] receive no benefit from. This is all before federal subsidies are paid to help enable the education budget.

Logistically and contextually, this is a pre-inheritance tax penalty. While conservatives fought “tooth and nail” over the inheritance tax increase, her father will most likely never surpass the limit. Her father will never leave to her daughter or grandchildren a “Kennedy” fortune; he is too busy, like the rest of recessive tax America, footing a bill for which there is no personal benefit.

Because of this context [legacy/ inheritance] one cannot logically believe there is wrong doing. Someone has to work the low paying jobs that enable the rest of America to live in debaucher; I guess you cynics out there can finally rejoice that she is poor and black.

MERCUTIO: I am hurt. A plague o’ both your houses! I am sped. Is he gone, and hath nothing? (Shakespeare)

6 Angela McCoy January 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm

What is this world coming to? First of all, I do not believe this is a racial issue, as we were not provided adequate information, in relation to the other investigated families, to make that judgement. However, I do believe this is a disgustingly shameful example of the “Haves,” once again, defeating the “Have Nots” (thanks, Dr. Seuss). Just as with politics, money and power trumps morality and fortitude, regretfully so.

Every home owner, who resides within the target district, is paying property taxes, which benefit the schools, even if the owners do not have children who attend said schools. Retirees and first-time home buyers, more than likely, make up the majority of homes purchased in this area.Ms. Williams-Bolar’s father, although it is not clear whether or not he is a home owner, resides within the district, and therefore pays property taxes. If he is renting, then the owner of his dwelling is paying the taxes. So, how can this district be so arrogant and condesending towards this wonderful mother? Either way, the district is getting funds from a major percentage of student-free home owners.

The district, obviously, has the funds to investigate 100 families over the course of a year, pay all the attorney’s fees, court costs, and other relatable charges. Why not reallocate these funds into scholarships for those less fortunate? The families investigated, apparently, firmly value and fully appreciate an education, and (in my opinion) would do everything they could to ensure their child succeeds. I am also certain that, in one way or another, they would go out of their way to pay it forward.

Shame on the school district for pressing charges against this single mother who is, without a doubt, the epitome of what parents should be; who was only attempting to keep her daughters safe; who is striving valiantly to get her own education to better her daughters’ lives, as well as the lives of America’s future. And you took all that away!

7 Tink January 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm

This school district and its obessive need to “root out imposters” is a screaming embarrassment to the PUBLIC educational system of this country. I sincerely hope those administrators are pleased with themselves for slamming the door of a better education and a brighter future to 2 children who had the misfortune to be born on the wrong side of the tracks. Sure, send them back to those crap schools; what do you care? You aren’t the ones living the life of poverty day in and day out. Sure, send the mother to jail; what do those daughters need their ONLY parent and source of protection, income, and support for? This is just such a disgusting story, and the real kicker is that the lawsuit has utterly RUINED any chance this woman had of building a better life for her family now that she is a CONVICTED FELON. Push them down a bit further with those boot heels, Copley-Fairlawn. I don’t think they quite got the message that you think they’re garbage.

8 Karoli January 27, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Actually, no. She is not being investigated for housing fraud. She is being asked to clarify the residence status of her daughters, so a rent adjustment can be made for them. Since a jury just said they didn’t live with her father, it’s safe to say she’ll be able to prove they lived with her.

However, you do highlight a shining example of all the different ways poor people are left vulnerable. Where were the charities I always hear conservatives talk about? Where were the compassionate rich? Nowhere to be found.


9 brian January 27, 2011 at 7:29 pm

If only her daughter was taller and had better eye-hand coordination.

10 Pbond2002 January 27, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Too sad u’ d think in this day and age things would be different. There is no excuse for this.

11 Cheyannec January 28, 2011 at 12:32 am

They said 100 families were investigated what was the racial breakdown of these families what percentage was black

12 AkronMaid January 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

I don’t know how the race issue got into this. Copley-Fairlawn is far from “lily-white”. I live in Akron, right on the border of Fairlawn. Akron has 45% black students. Copley-Fairlawn has 15%.

13 AkronMaid January 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm

She did not live in the “same town”. Akron, Copley and Fairlawn are three different cities. Copley and Fairlawn are small and created a joint school district. That is common in this area. There is Brecksville-Broadview Heights; Revere School District is Richfield and Bath and so on.

14 Cheryl Thompson Price January 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Outstanding response Jason! Thank you for the clarity.
Cheryl Thompson Price
Austin, TX

15 Harleydude698 January 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm

This is not an issue with color! Its about stealing from the folks that live in Copley that just passed a levey to raise their taxes so that they can maintain the excelant rating. If you want to send your child to a better school then you should move to that community and share the expense.
It takes a village to raise a child… so move to the village its that simple

16 Karoli January 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm

How is it stealing when the grandfather was a resident of Copley and presumably paying the same levies either through rent or ownership?

17 Karoli January 28, 2011 at 8:10 pm

They should fix their stats as reported on the report cards then. Those stats that I reported came straight from the Ohio official NCLB report cards.

18 Betty January 28, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Preach it to the choir! AMEN!!!

19 Suzieqt2012 January 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm

You mention you don’t know much about Williams-Bolar. Here’s some additional information about her and her father; they are nothing but professional “scammers”, not only the schoold district, but AMHA and Job and Family Services, Dept of Human Services and who knows how many other agencies.

”With respect to the tampering with records, the indictment alleges that he knowingly falsified applications for medical and food assistance with the Department of Job and Family Services,” Walsh said.

Walsh pointed out that Williams-Bolar ”had many options available that did not include breaking the law.”

”There are many single mothers and families in similar situations who want the best for their children who are not breaking the law,” Walsh wrote. ”In fact, dozens of other similar cases in recent years have been resolved at the parent level prior to prosecution because they either removed their children from the school district, paid tuition or moved into the school district.

”Ms. Williams-Bolar was the only case that could not be resolved at the parent level because she would not acknowledge that she did anything wrong and she refused to cooperate in any way.”

And her father …
In the case against Edward Williams, Walsh said the indictment alleges that he purposely deprived the Ohio Department of Human Services and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services of benefits totaling $36,023.87.

”With respect to the tampering with records, the indictment alleges that he knowingly falsified applications for medical and food assistance with the Department of Job and Family Services,” Walsh said.

20 BwmGoEagles January 29, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Therefore, the Grandfather is more than welcome to send HIS children to the Copley-Fairlawn schools!

21 Karoli January 29, 2011 at 10:27 pm

The indictment can allege she consorted with green martians. Until that’s proven, it’s nothing more than an allegation. So let’s set that aside.

You realize this is circular, right? If the girls were staying with him, and he applied for assistance, then there’s no fraud. But now a jury has said no, they weren’t staying with him, and so he is now set up to be accused of bilking the system for food stamps.

The rest of the quote is the DA’s case against them both, which is full of allegations but which has not yet been proven.

No, this woman is not a ‘professional scammer’. She is someone who was working, for crying out loud, while going to school, raising kids and taking care of her father. It sounds like she was at least aware of what assistance was available to her and using it. God forbid. Now it’s a crime.

On the other hand, we’ve got wealthy white scammers who sold bad mortgages to middle class white families and caused the whole economy to drop in the tank. That has been proven, and yet…no charges against them. So there’s that.

22 Karoli January 29, 2011 at 10:28 pm

The only requirement is residence. Not relationship.

23 A26alpine January 29, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Karoli, Who would that be, freddie and fanny. How about old Barney Frank, Jamie Gorelick and Franklin Raines, oh by the way raines is black got 50 mil. Obama got his campaign money from fanny/freddie he was there #2 favored politician. How about them apples Karoli?

24 Karoli January 30, 2011 at 12:54 am

You should go read the FCIC report before coming here and name-dropping. As for campaign contributions, I’m gonna say this one more time. No PAC donations. No corporate independent expenditures. Employees get to give to whoever they want to give to. Their employer doesn’t dictate that.

25 Mommymayhem January 30, 2011 at 10:43 am

You want your children to go to a better school, you move to the district. It’s that simple. If you can’t afford to buy, then rent. Laws apply to everyone, don’t make it about race.

26 Tina Bell Vance January 30, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Yeah–bootstraps work so well when you don’t have money to make anything but subsidized rent. Laws apply to everyone… unless you have enough money to make the consequences go away.

Race may or may not play a large part in this case, but economic disparity definitely enters into this equation. This is the privileged against the underprivileged. Money vs. none. The good people of the Copley-Fairlawn school district don’t want the poor in their classrooms for fear that they may muck up test scores or, God forbid, outperform their children and gain opportunities usually reserved for the upper middle class and above.

27 Kimjwilson January 31, 2011 at 1:46 am

just stop you know it was

28 Karoli January 31, 2011 at 3:53 am

Yes, it is about economic disparity. But I also believe it about race. I believe those girls and this family were singled out for prosecution.

As for bootstraps, it’s easy to suggest they should use them. Except they’d have to have some, and in this case it seems clear they do not. What tiny threads of bootstraps they had just got confiscated by the ‘justice system’.

29 Lisa Dunick January 31, 2011 at 4:04 am

She had plenty of opportunities to settle with the school board and she didn’t. Look, whether it’s right or wrong, the way we fund education in this country means that some areas will have better schools than others. You pay to live in those areas, your tax moneys fund the schools, you send your kids to those schools. She falsified documents, lied, and repeatedly refused to settle with the schools. How is that racial?

NOW- I absolutely agree that the way schools are funded leads to racial inequality, but this incident is all sound and fury, and not much else.

30 Tina Bell Vance January 31, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Exactly, Karoli. Don’t get me wrong–I think the case is equal parts race and class discrimination. A lot of people that say it absolutely isn’t about race — I’m just saying that it isn’t completely about race–it’s also about economic inequality. If you think it’s not about race it all, take a look at the individual schools’ demographics. While the statistics for all of Akron public schools may paint one picture, we’re talking about specific schools in very low income neighborhoods.

The school system wanted Williams-Bolar’s family out because they didn’t fit their projected image: upper middle class, white and suburban. I understand the idea that they want to protect their own students’ funding — it’s hard enough trying to fund public education, no matter how wealthy your district is. What I don’t understand is how the outcome is this trial is considered justice. Ruining a woman’s chance of getting out of poverty, dragging her reputation through the mud and opening her to public humiliation doesn’t seem like justice to me.

31 Tina Bell Vance January 31, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Exactly, Karoli. Don’t get me wrong–I think the case is equal parts race and class discrimination. A lot of people that say it absolutely isn’t about race — I’m just saying that it isn’t completely about race–it’s also about economic inequality. If you think it’s not about race it all, take a look at the individual schools’ demographics. While the statistics for all of Akron public schools may paint one picture, we’re talking about specific schools in very low income neighborhoods.

The school system wanted Williams-Bolar’s family out because they didn’t fit their projected image: upper middle class, white and suburban. I understand the idea that they want to protect their own students’ funding — it’s hard enough trying to fund public education, no matter how wealthy your district is. What I don’t understand is how the outcome is this trial is considered justice. Ruining a woman’s chance of getting out of poverty, dragging her reputation through the mud and opening her to public humiliation doesn’t seem like justice to me.

32 BwmGoEagles January 31, 2011 at 6:21 pm

The children did not reside there….as required.

33 Mintyaera February 1, 2011 at 4:15 am

so just because something is a law that means it is right and that people should just blindly follow it? that’s just moral laziness and complacency. have you heard of jim crow? apartheid? do some research and get off your moral high horse.

34 Marie February 1, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Too bad some of his information is a little skewed He quotes Ms. Williams-Bolar as saying “she dropped her kids off”. That does not mean at school, she took advantage of the district’s busing. She was videotaped, on more than one occasion, by private investigators driving the children into HER father’s neighborhood and dropping them off just feet from his house so they could ride the bus.

Also, the mother lives in the city of Akron and her father lives in Copley Township, two separate “towns”, one governed by a Mayor and City Council – Akron, and the other governed by a 3 member Board of Trustees. Yes, there are families that live in Akron directly that are part of the Copley School District, but Ms. Williams-Bolar’s primary residence is not in those boundaries. The fact that her father pays taxes in the Copley school district does not giver her the right to send her children there if they do not live him legally.

There are a few areas within the school district that support subsidized housing but from what i’ve read, the size of the accommodations in these areas may not be close to what she was getting from AMHA, which would have meant a sacrifice on her part but if that’s what she needed to do to provide a better life for her kids, then she should have done it right way. Not sneak around.

She was given many opportunities to settle this and chose not to. Even to the point of returning a piece of mail addressed to her stating she was serving in the military! Unfortunately the woman who wanted to provide a better life for her children, in the end taught them that cheating was the only way to do it

35 Luvmyboys93 February 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I have not read every post, but the main injustice in this case seems to be overlooked by most. The felony conviction has wiped put everything this woman has been working for as a felony conviction precludes you from every teaching in most if not all states.

36 guest February 2, 2011 at 6:16 pm

This is definately not the case. I attended copley schools and it doesnt matter if your white, black, red, yellow or blue; the most commonly occuring problem was those from poverty stricken backrounds acting uncivilized, wild, and insubordinate. You couldnt possibly understand without witnessing it all first hand but the biggest problem is those coming from Akron seem to base their images on their “street cred, intimidating others, starting fights, and showing complete disregard for school rules. So overall, no its not fair but on my observation, where you come from shapes you and relates to the way you behave. Thats the reason Copley doesnt want these individuals in their schools.

37 MrBlifil February 2, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Great post. Very much appreciated. The non-stop race baiting from apologists for the Akron prosecutor’s office and the Copley school district is more than sickening. I hope the case will to to appeal, I hope she has a top notch lawyer and I hope the granular details emerge as to how Williams-Bolar came to earn the special right to be treated to unprecedented abuse of state authority.

38 MrBlifil February 2, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Assuming you are white, did you attend a school with 15% white enrollment? Didn’t think so.

39 MrBlifil February 2, 2011 at 7:48 pm

29 black families 15 white families and a handful of other ethnicities. That 100 number was bogus, there is only information on 50 cases.

40 MrBlifil February 2, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Fascinating so many commenter want to talk smack about the Mom when even the judge in the case, and every single news report, admits the case is unprecedented in state legal history. A lot of people want to put that on the Mom for being non-compliant, but it’s still an example of unequal protection under the law.

41 Jamest297 February 2, 2011 at 10:44 pm

How is this any different than the illegal Mexicans who come across the border and steal education and other benefits from us? Can anyone explain the difference?

42 Karoli February 3, 2011 at 12:39 am

For starters, she’s a citizen. So there’s that. She’s paying taxes, too. Gainfully employed, and all that. Really, it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure that out.

43 LauraNo February 3, 2011 at 12:55 am

I’ve known quite a few people over the years that did this same thing, usually as a matter of convenience. But they didn’t get criminal records. Glad I don’t live in Ohio and I feel sorry for those that do and aren’t white. Because the people I’ve known who did this were all white, which isn’t proof of anything but it makes a person wonder.

44 Anonymous February 3, 2011 at 1:45 am


Guess I’m not a brain surgeon, but I am a really truly bonafide rocket scientist. So, of what community is she a citizen? Just like our Mexican neighbors, she is a citizen of somewhere, but she is apparently not a citizen of the community where she is stealing education and benefits to her personal benefit and to the detriment of the proper citizens of the community. How can that be justified? I am hoping someone/anyone can provide illumination.

45 Anonymous February 3, 2011 at 1:46 am


So, of what community is she a citizen? Just like our Mexican neighbors, she is a citizen of somewhere, but she is apparently not a citizen of the community where she is stealing education and benefits to her personal benefit and to the detriment of the proper citizens of the community. How can that be justified? I am hoping someone/anyone can provide illumination.

46 Allison_hchy February 3, 2011 at 1:58 am

Karoli, you can throw out an opinion when your taxes pay for kids who don’t legally belong in Copley schools. Until then, don’t speak for those of us who have been stolen from for years by this woman.

47 Karoli February 3, 2011 at 2:22 am

The fact of her citizenship was never in question. She resides in Akron. Her father resides in Copley. The only question is where her daughters live.

48 Karoli February 3, 2011 at 2:24 am

“those from poverty stricken backrounds acting uncivilized, wild, and insubordinate.” That says it all. Because living in poverty certainly causes one’s brain to melt into uncivilized, wild, insubordinate ways.

49 Karoli February 3, 2011 at 2:25 am

My taxes *do* pay for kids who are citizens of this country and are entitled to receive an education that prepares them to enter the workforce and actually *educates* them. So yeah, I get to have an opinion.

50 Facts-you-dont-know February 3, 2011 at 3:12 am

Our educational system does need reformed. But you should know all the facts.

Obviously the Copley-Fairlawn school system suspected that some kids didn’t live in the school district. For example, some of the grade school age children would be left in front of abandoned homes in the school district so that the school bus would pick them up (regardless of the image that may be in your mind, we have plenty of abandoned houses and families facing tough times in Copley-Fairlawn). When the bus driver would pick the children up, they would notice there were no foot or vehicle tracks in the snow leading to or from the abandoned houses that the kids would say they lived at. In an effort to confirm if these kids belonged in the school district, repeated attempts were made to contact the parents of the children in question. The school system would use any and all contact information they had been provided. As a matter of safety, the school system needed to know how to contact someone in case of emergency. After exhausting other methods to contact the parents in question, the school system would ask the kids how to contact their parents. It was sometimes obvious that the children involved were instructed and “coached” to lie about where they lived and how to contact their parents. Teaching kids how to lie and conceal the truth – is that what your supporting?

On occasion, some of the parent/guardians of the 48 families involved would actually drop their children off at school. When a teacher or principal would realize that the little person walking into school was the child of a parent that could never be contacted, they would attempt to speak to the driver of the vehicle. But often these parents were more concerned about concealing their lies and would speed away from the teacher or principal.

Please don’t forget how Ms. Williams-Bolar lied and provided whatever conflicting information was needed at that moment in order to secure various forms of assistance? Its ironic that she wants to be a teacher. Hopefully she won’t be teaching anything that requires ethics. Her students will clearly need to learn those lessons elsewhere.

51 Karoli February 3, 2011 at 6:54 am

Let me ask you a question. Actually, I’d like you to read this post first.

Then I’ll ask this: Given the constraints she was under, and given that her father did live in the district, what would you have done? ESPECIALLY working inside that district.

We can argue all day long about this, but it comes down to inequality, poverty, and the amazing ability of the “haves” to turn their heads and point fingers rather than look at the real reasons for decisions like this.

52 Cody February 3, 2011 at 7:13 am

I find it hard to think that racism is not involved, I hope funds are raised and she gets a good attorney and appeals this injustice. I bet if she had sons that were great at Basketball they would gladly look the other way. I hope there is an investigation to assure all the basketball players on there team that are black truly live in the district and there are no white students enrolled that they look the other way on.

53 Anonymous February 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Karoli, you can have an opinion, but you don’t get a vote unless you live in and pay taxes to the actual community that is being robbed by this education thief. Given your argument, your taxes are also apparently going to support the Akron schools as much as the Copley-Fairlawn schools. If so, you should be all over the Akron schools to raise their performance.

For example, my mother lives in Sweden. Can I go there for a few months to get some free medical care I’ve been deferring and then spend a little financially supported R&R on top of that? I don’t think so. That’s because the folks in Sweden tax, pay for and provide these benefits to their citizens. Not to the citizens of somewhere else. Same in this situation. This woman felt entitled to do this because her father lived there. Give me a break.

And, she was not working at a school “…inside…” that district unless you mean the Akron district. The two districts are not interchangeable ones any more than Mexico and Sweden are interchangeable with each other or the United States. . Her justification (and that of so many folks on this and other blogs) is that she’s just trying to provide a better life for her family. Well, that’s the same story line we hear from folks trying to rationalize why they jump the border illegally from Mexico. If this mother wanted her kids in Copley-Fairlawn schools so badly, she should have moved the +/- 2 miles to that community.

54 JamesD February 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Karoli screams racism and shows that he/she is the racist.

Quit ignoring the facts.

This lady was not singled out because of her color. She was convicted because instead of resolving it when given the opportunity, she was defiant and continued to be fraudulent.

Poverty is the root cause? Nope, not at all when you realize that Akron Public Schools spend $13,200.00 per pupil and Copley only spends $9,928.00 and Akron gets more money from the State of Ohio per pupil.

I do believe poverty is a symptom of what is going on though. We have a whole lot of “have nots” that don’t care to better themselves and in turn, that thought process is how their children are raised. It’s a continuous cycle.

Instead of falsely screaming racism, the black community should come together and condemn what this lady did and then more importantly, focus on why inner city children are not succeeding and fight to fix the parent’s apathy, the culture that is better to be a loser, not cool to learn, cool to speak Ebonics, etc.

No amount of money is going to fix this broken culture but concerned parents can!

55 Karoli February 3, 2011 at 7:46 pm

How exactly was she supposed to come up with the money? I’ll wait.

56 Karoli February 3, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I pointed out the disparity in funding in my original post. I would be curious to know how much of that extra funding actually gets to classrooms, or whether it’s spent on other items and/or administrative costs.

57 JamesD February 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm

What does it matter since they still get over $3000 more per kid? You are blaming this situation on poverty and unequal resources and that is what I am disputing.

If this was a white woman, she would have received the exact same penalty (assuming she was defiant, continued to try to commit fraud and turned down the opportunity to resolve like the actual lady was) and there would be very little uproar at all.

Racists such as yourself make it about race and that is sad (your title proves this as it is ignorant considering the facts).

Be honest with yourself, if the perp was a white lady, besides not getting near all the attention, would not the black community that is so offended right now have turned against her and called her a racist for trying to send her white kids to a different school, away from the Akron one that is 95% black?

I know the answer.

So, if you really want to help improve things, quit blaming everything on poverty and racism and eanestly try to help change the failing culture within the inner city schools – thats the only hope we all have as I do want the best for ALL kinds, black, white, pink, yellow, etc.

58 JamesD February 3, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I am not sure I am following your question. You mean to pay back Copley? If she had tried to resolve it instead of continuing the fraud, they would have worked something out with her like they did with the other 40 plus families and they may have forgiven a portion but she was defiant.

Worst that would have happened is she would have been sued in a civil court and that would suck for her credit rating, etc. but she did steal you know.

59 JamesD February 3, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Suppossed to be “for ALL *kids*”

60 Facts-you-dont-know February 4, 2011 at 2:46 am

What constrants! There are assisted living complexes in Copley! There are apartment complexes in Copley. There are abandoned homes in Copley. There are plenty of homes for sale in Copley -many for less than $20k. She simply could have moved into the district and thereby supported it by paying property taxes or helping to enable the property owner of the complex to pay their property taxes.

We CAN argue all day about this. The “haves” are not turning their heads. The “haves” would love to have her in the district and she is free and able to move into the district. The real reason she got into this situation can be found in her own family. As evidenced by her father’s record of suing everybody from government officials to school systems to everyone he comes into contact with (check public records), she was mentored into believing that she can bend the rules and never be at fault. This isn’t “the man” keeping them down – this is the Williams-Bolar family falsely believing its OK to lie cheat and steal – and then blame it on race, poverty and inequality.

When people such as yourself indicate that race, poverty and inequality are the cause for someone making stupid decisions, it only serves to dull these points for situations when they really apply and need to be said.

61 Dbookwormy February 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm

What can we do? No, seriously. I’m down to campaign, write letters what? Kelly Williams-Bolar and her father, Edward L. Williams need to be pardoned by the Mayor, Govenor and President! Corporations rob and ruin the American economy and get a bail-out but this law-abiding single mom goes to jail. Additionally, she loses her opportunity (not to mention all the struggle and sacrifice of night school) to obtain her degree and work in education, receives three years probation, and has to regret giving her daughters a better educational opportunity than the laws said she had a right to. I am utterly disgusted and deeply saddened by this tragedy. Shame on America, AGAIN.

62 Dbookwormy February 4, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I was educated in one of the most exclusive private schools in NYC from grade 1-12. I received the best education offered. I attended a top rated (“Little Ivy”) college and received two Masters degress from an Ivy. I have worked in education for 18 years. First as a teacher, then Guidance counselor, now Assistant Principal. I have worked in exclusive private schools, excellent public schools, a horrendous charter school, and now a fabulous zoned public school in an urban Brooklyn community. Without question, without doubt, this case is about race, poverty, lack of opportunity and access, and the American way. The institutionalized issues that lend to this case are numerous and deep rooted. They are the same issues that allow big corportions to receive bail-outs and you and I to live hand-to-mouth waiting for tax returns that will be delayed or threatened not to be released at all. I guarantee if someone took a poll we would find that families who lie about residency so their children can attend better schools is as common as “jay walking.” I could be wrong but I don’t think people are being locked up for that. Apathy is the reason she had to lie. If the schools available to her were good and safe this all would be a non-issue. She can’t change the “apathy” of the people in her community. She can go to work and night school and say they live with her dad (where they probably spent enough time to constitute residency anyway) She isn’t apathetic or teaching her daughters that school is uncool or that education shouldn’t be valued or that ebonics is the only way to communicate. She is more a victim of the system than she is a criminal of the court. If your skin is white you exist in this country with an entitlement you can’t possibly comprehend unless you actively work on understanding the many levels and dynamics of racism and/or you move into a ghetto project and try to maintain that you can swim better and faster than all the drowning people around you pulling at your straps.

63 Jamest297 February 4, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Fact is, a jury found that these kids were not entitled to the services of the community they did not live in and their mother repeatedly lied and covered up to continue the fraud. She knew what she was doing was illegal so she engaged in all sorts of shenanigans to keep up the appearances.

Remebber Watergate? Nixon didn’t break in toDemocratic headquarters, but the lying and covering up got him impeached until he had to resign under extraordinary pressure.
Same with Clinton. If any of you can remember his bad behavior while in office, it wasn’t the actual behavior that got him impeached, it was the lying and covering it up afterward. This nefarious lady did the same and the system pursued her because it had no choice – otherwise every other Education thief or anyone considering a similar charade would be incented to do the exact same thing.

I have an idea for an encore: If we like the free Government run Education system so much, let’s roll out a free Government run health care system so everyone can get the health care they deserve and are entitled to.

64 JamesD February 5, 2011 at 2:29 am

Wow, how sad. All of your education leads you to blame America and poverty for this woman’s actions. Well, we all know that today’s college enviorment is fodder for the sick liberal mind.

I would bet my life you are one of those idealistic and clueless liberals that voted Obummer into office.

Maybe you really believe in the nonsensical words you spout and don’t realize that you are hurting the very people you claim to be attempting to help.

Until you and the people you want to help decide to quit making excuses about skin color and poverty, we are doomed as a country long term and much worse will happen when the far left gets your attention to commit atrocities.

The only hope we have is for people like you wake up and realize your have been played like a pawn and the only salvation is self determination to improve your situation instead of playing the victimhood and race card.

Your post is absolutely 100% pathetic.

65 JamesD February 5, 2011 at 2:32 am

She should lose any opportunity to educate kids – do you really want a black female that thinks everything is owed to her and that lying, cheating and stealing are the correct answers to their problems?

Get a grip on some principles and reality if you truly want to help those that need help.

66 Sherma February 5, 2011 at 2:35 am

The issue is that there was an injustice done to this mother…to make her a felon for having her kids go to a school outside her district is ridiculous and makes me ashamed to live in this country and appalled at our judicial and educational system !

67 Sherma February 5, 2011 at 7:06 am

What is pathetic is this judicial system…the fact that this mother is being treated and charged as harden criminal for having her kids attend a school out of her district. Whether one considers this racist or not..there is definitely an injustice that has been done to this woman.

68 Sherma February 5, 2011 at 7:13 am

If you face reality….that’s what America (and politics) is based upon..liars, cheaters and theives….Please!

69 Sherma February 5, 2011 at 7:19 am

I don’t condemn this mother…I commend her for trying to get her children a good education. If all schools were “equally good” then she would not have to go outside her district. If you have children, try sending them to a school in this mothers district and you’ll see the disparity.

70 Jamest297 February 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I sense a lot of time and energy trying to capture Tinkerbell that could be better spent reading the daily news.

71 confused February 6, 2011 at 5:28 am

On 2/3/11, in the Akron Beacon Journal, Ms Williams-Bolar stated that she enrolled her daughters in Copley-Fairlawn schools so that they would not be alone after school at her home in Akron. Her concern was not the quality of Akron schools, but rather the safety of her children after school. Her thinking apparently was if they went to Copley-Fairlawn schools, then they could be bused to their Grandfather’s home after the school day was over.

On 12/10/08, after investigating the claim made by Ms Williams-Bolar that she was being discriminated against by Copley-Fairlawn schools in their efforts to have her children removed, the US Department of Education found that their was no discrimination involved.

So if 1) she was not concerned about the quality of Akron schools and 2) their was no discrimination involved on the part of Copley-Fairlawn schools, then how does this story have anything to do with access to good education or racism?

72 Karoli February 6, 2011 at 9:16 pm

In my original post on this story over at Crooks and Liars, I raised that possibility as well, that her daughters would either have to stay home alone or with their grandfather while she attended classes. Nevertheless, there are many elements at play. Safety at school is also a concern. And yes, quality is a concern. Given that she works for the Akron school district, she may not have been interested in trashing her employer publicly, after all. It’s impolitic.

And the bottom line here is that one school district succeeds while another fails, with less spent per student and by excluding students that might hamper that success in their eyes. It’s all in play.

73 Karoli February 6, 2011 at 9:19 pm

As to what you can do…the topmost thing in my opinion is to get and stay involved in the ongoing “education reform” debate, which is being framed along “union vs. everyone else” lines (and vice versa) right now. We need to stand up and DEMAND that this debate be about how our children are educated, rather than how those who educate are paid. What makes a school great? What makes one terrible? Where are the differences? How can we port the parts that make a great school to those that aren’t great? And what measurements should we use to decide they’re great. I am unconvinced that standardized tests are the right measurement.

74 Conniejks February 8, 2011 at 1:49 am

Most honest mexicans pay taxes in our country then don’t get their money back come tax season. Just saying because im married to one. I can understand wanting to better your children, I think the charges were a bit retarted, but that’s why it pays just to be an honest person. I read another blog on this and they sort of made me feel less bad abot her when they said where’s the reperation for the black people. Sorry race card is old. Im white and I get the racism cause my daughter is latina. We live down south in a all white town. Just saying….

75 Randallhank February 8, 2011 at 8:35 am

15% is above the national average/percentage. So it’s hard to claim that it’s lily white.

76 Randallhank February 8, 2011 at 8:37 am

Yes, the school funding issue needs to be addressed, but this woman made her own bed. The school system gave her lots of chances to get off without indictment. And she was convicted unanimously by a jury of her peers.

77 Cpcmnt February 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm

So the FACT that she lied to the State and took the money for saying her kids lived with her in Akron, discounted housing, and the FACT that she works for Akron Schools, and the FACT that she was offered a $1600 settlement that she declined doesnt matter? I suppose if it truly was about her kids, she could have moved them into her Dads house, and then not broken the law. This has NOTHING to do with race as this article wants to claim, It has to do with a liar, a defrauder, and a mother who’s corruption has exceeded doing for her kids, and has gone on to putting money in her pockets. Those are the FACTS. She stole from the State in discounted housing, she lied to both school districts, and she stole from the Copley Failawn school district. And when she was offerred a cheap get out of jail card,$1600 settlement, she flaunted her arrogance and got jammed. FACTS. By all means share which of those facts are not correct.

78 Cpcmnt February 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm

By the way, do you have a clue to the ethnic make up of Copley Fairlawn schools? Lily white republicans they arent. Get your FACTS straight before spewing hatefull racist comments. It is fools like yourself that continue racism, while waiving the banner of equality. Your article isnt worth the cyber space it takes up.

79 confused February 9, 2011 at 12:14 am

I don’t think you can say safety and quality of the school was a concern for Ms. Williams-Bolar when she stated that it was not. The question of safety pertains exclusively to the daughters status after school.

Yes, one school district fails while another succeeds. Akron does spend more money per student, so clearly money won’t solve the district’s problems. The district has some successful schools, why? Regardless, we don’t know if Ms. Williams-Bolar’s daughters were good students or not. To say this was an effort to remove poor performing students is speculative; There is no proof.

The fact simply is that these children didn’t belong in school because they didn’t live in the district. To make it anything else is to ignore the facts, and the truth, in favor of a misguided agenda.

80 Kab70 February 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm

How are the people who live in the Copley-Fairlawn school district to blame for her choice to break the law? My husband and I work very hard and sacrifice everyday to live in Copley and legally send our kids to Copley Schools. My parents have lived in Copley for 40 plus years. It never crossed my mind to use their address to get my kids in Copley schools. We bit the bullet and moved into a small house in Copley. If Kelley Williams-Bolar had not been trying to work the system by receiving public assistance while lying about her residence, she would not have gone to jail. If she her neighborhood was so unsafe, why not just move in with her father like she said she did? If she had settled with the school district like all of the other people lying about residency when she was first found out, she would not have gone to jail. This is not about race. What it boils down to is obeying the laws in place instead of thinking you are above the law and entitled to what you haven’t earned. I agree that the educational system across the nation is not working. Why do you think that Copley-Fairlawn has the excellent performance record it currently has? We parents in the district work hard to keep our kids in line, we volunteer at the schools, and we support the teachers and administration. Parental involvement is a key to good schools. That doesn’t entitle us to break the law and steal to get what we think we are owed. My son will be driving soon. I want him in a safer car than our 12 year old pick up truck. Would it be ok if I went out and stole a car for him? Why not? I only want what is best for my kids. I am so over this business. She gambled and lost. It is the chance you take when you openly break the law.

81 Cpcmnt February 12, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Oh this is sweet. Oh Karoli, where are you now that the taped phone conversations are released? Seems that its not about her kids, or schools, or being a victim, but rather about a movie deal, and getting paid for interviews. Yessir you certainly hitched your wagon to a very righteous, honest upstanding citizen. Bravo!

82 Karoli February 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Did you hear the NPR interview with her? If not, stay tuned. NPR, btw, doesn’t pay anything for exclusives. So yeah, tell me more about those convos. And doesn’t it creep you out even a little that her phone convos were taped?

83 Cfbsk12 February 14, 2011 at 5:46 am

Great analysis, great writing, “keepingit real.” Bull Connor and George Wallace would be proud of the Copley Township school district – “Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, and segregation for ever!” (I wonder how many votes Wallace got form Copley in his presidential bid in the Ohio primary?)

84 Cfbsk12 February 14, 2011 at 5:51 am

Did she “get the money,” or did the money go to the school district as part of its per pupil ADM enrollment count? Where were her lawyers on this. Yea, a bad school district could not “count” this child on thier rolls, but another Ohio school district (Copely-Fairlawn did). That the child was not wan in clor would not matter to John Duly who famously nworte “What the best wisest parent desires for his child, that must we desire for all children. Any other ideal is unlovely; if acted upon (as it was here) it will destroy democracy.”

85 Roberito February 15, 2011 at 1:48 am

wow, this was another one-sided argument by another black disadvantaged person. so sorry that i started reading about all of this. She was singled out because she was the only person that thought she could get away with breaking the law (because of her skin color). This whole thing is making everyone take sides and is killing anything that anyone has ever worked for in regards to race relations. I can’t stand black people again. I wish there was a city that they stayed in where they ruined their schools, instead of sneaking into a racially diverse school like Copley. Most of the races get along here, but not anymore. Blacks are crying that they are disadvantaged. Well, they are. They are stupid lazy and worthless. That’s why whites are forced to give jobs to blacks in order to meet a quota, forced to give them welfare money, and forced to give them college admission over any other race. Thank you black people for ruining this country.

86 Cpcmnt February 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Idiotic comment. Do you have a clue to the diversity in the Copley school system? Get a clue and dont mindlessly swallow the garbage people try to feed you.

87 Cpcmnt February 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm

ALL Jail house calls are taped…….do you have any actual knowledge of anything? Whats the weather like in your parents basement? Do you have any real life experience that somehow makes you think you are capable of commenting on situations or people with whom you have nothing in common?

88 Cpcmnt February 15, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I did not listen to the drivel on NPR. But all I had to hear was that Al Sharpton is going to ride in to save her……..theres credibility and honesty, and integrity. There goes the credibility train…………………..

89 WAMMAM3667 February 15, 2011 at 9:21 pm

She simply needs to move to Copley Fairlawn. The children are her children not her Fathers’s children. How about her taking advantage of the Housing Authority? I guess that is OK to do since she is Black.

It must be nice to through the “Race Card” when things don’t go our way in life.

90 Anonymous February 17, 2011 at 1:03 am

Dingbat – why does she need to go outside her district when her district spends thousnands more dollars per pupil to educate?

91 Anonymous February 17, 2011 at 1:08 am

Karoli can’t directly answer any of the factual and logical questions posed to her irrational and illogical posts.

Amazing how the race card players run and hide.

92 Anonymous February 17, 2011 at 1:14 am

Copley has a higher black student population then the national average.


93 Anonymous February 17, 2011 at 1:16 am

She is now hiding – waitng to come out when the next opportunity to spew her ignorance and hate comes.

94 Karoli February 17, 2011 at 10:42 am

final warning. spamming my site with attacks will get you banned.

95 Karoli February 17, 2011 at 10:42 am

hey. Perhaps you need a reminder that this is *my* site and comments which go out of bounds on the personal attacks will be removed. I’ll leave them this time, but next time off they go, along with you.

I wrote a followup post on Crooks&Liars to this. Your allegations about her motives are bullshit. Selective release of phone conversations AFTER she’s been convicted, sentenced and is in jail is hardly evidence of some grand conspiracy to profit after the fact.

And if she were looking to profit, she wouldn’t have given the first interview to NPR.

96 Cpcmnt February 17, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Are you truly going to continue with this? How about answering some questions that are in direct rebuttal of your so called “blog” .
Are you aware of the ethnic make up of Copley Fairlawn schools/ _referencing your Lilly White comment?
Are you or are you not aware that ALL jail house phone calls are taped?
Are you aware over 100 people were challenged on residency, not just her, yet only this law breaker didnt know when to walk away .
Interesting how you can comment on all these things, all the way from California, as if you actually know. Your facts are not facts at all, but simply conjecture. I would hope more thought and concern would be put into a piece as imflammatory as this is. Unless of course is an agenda your after, not the truth. Hmm not hard to figure out.

97 Cpcmnt February 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Please, do not concern yourself with “your” site. I will not darken this doorstep again. This false, vindictive pack of lies you spew isnt worth my time, or anyone elses who actually want the truth. Ignorance is not bliss, its being lazy.

98 Copley Mom February 18, 2011 at 5:47 am

Wow is right. I really had to think long and hard if I really wanted to waste my time to respond to your ignorant comment.

I am black and I do not consider myself disadvantaged. Nor am I stupid, lazy or worthless (I have two master’s degrees). I own my home in Copley and I have been in the area for 6 years and never have I had any problems with any race like you suggested. I am not on welfare (well, I did receive financial aid in college but I guess you probably don’t realize that this income based program is also a form of welfare) and I have no desire to take a job that is forced onto me because I know I am extremely qualified to have a variety of positions but I am happy with the two jobs I have now. Your statement is extremely racist and insulting and you should not generalize everyone. This is what the problem is-it is someone like yourself who obviously has something against those who do not look like you. It is such a shame because I am the nicest person and guess what-if you cut me, I bleed just like you. The only difference between the two of us is I am strong and I don’t allow others to get me angry and you on the other hand seem to allow people, especially those who do not look like you, make you so angry that you want all blacks to move to a city and stay there? I love my neighborhood, my family loves this community and I am very happy I decided to move here even though the area has a racist person living in such a great community.

As for the case, they only thing I can say is it is wrong to break the law. She has paid her debt to society and I will leave it at that. I hope that we all can learn from her mistake and realize that no one is perfect, including you Roberito. May the Lord bless you and your family (I can’t wish anything bad on you or anyone else).

99 Carlknorr February 18, 2011 at 5:40 pm

How is 73% “lily white”? Copley school district actually portrays a closer picture of the overall national average in race and socioeconomics than any other in Summit County.

100 Carlknorr February 18, 2011 at 5:40 pm

How is 73% “lily white”? Copley school district actually portrays a closer picture of the overall national average in race and socioeconomics than any other in Summit County.

101 The Evil Steve February 18, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Many who caused the financial crisis have, just nobody who could afford good lawyers and/or campagin donations. Besides, Prosecution is taking its time making sure it has a slam-dunk case against the big-time fraudsters.

This financial fraud crap is infinitely more complex than lying about an address. Not even comparable.

102 Deb February 18, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Attitudes such as yours are what is wrong with this world. That is all. I pray that somehow, someday you are able to find the truth and live in love the way that God desires each of us to live…. unbelievable….

103 So Sad February 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Interesting, because Karoli happens to live in a predominantly Republican and affluent “Lily White” community and enjoys the benefits of its fiscally responsible citizens.

104 Yllib007 February 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm


And you are a loyal republican in denial. George Bush was doing an awesome job and left the country in wonderful position for “Obummer”.

When you really look at the full picture, CFSD chose their own destiny by their tactics of hiring a private eye to follow and video tape. Then, after they found they had a case, they went to the extent of full prosecution when they could ha…ve done, as I mentioned earlier, kick the kids out and move on. Who was paying for this? The tax paying public. Not only the tax payers who’s money goes to CFSD but now you get all the tax payers of Summit County and State of Ohio involved. The ones who pay the police, the courts, prosecutor, public defenders, judges, sheriff department, the Jail where Kelly had the pleasure of spending a week of “forced vacation”. We are dealing with an income challenged black woman who was working by day and going to Akron U at night, ironically studying to be a TEACHER. Case in point: Since you can’t get blood out of a turnip, the mom, this whole debacle is paid for by the tax payer. Ah, the American system!!!! So, the FELON charge omits the possibility of her getting a job as a teacher when she graduates.THEY chose their own destiny and they cost the State of Ohio probably MILLIONS, when it’s all said and done. By the way, I hear our state is out of money!!! Ah, the WISDOM of our public officials.

105 Yllib007 February 22, 2011 at 3:17 pm

When you really look at the full picture, CFSD chose their own destiny by their tactics of hiring a private eye to follow and video tape. Then, after they found they had a case, they went to the extent of full prosecution when they could have kick the kids out and move on. Who was paying for this? The tax paying public. Not only the tax payers who’s money goes to CFSD but now you get all the tax payers of Summit County and State of Ohio involved. The ones who pay the police, the courts, prosecutor, public defenders, judges, sheriff department, the Jail where Kelly had the pleasure of spending a week of “forced vacation”. We are dealing with an income challenged black woman who was working by day and going to Akron U at night, ironically studying to be a TEACHER. Case in point: Since you can’t get blood out of a turnip, the mom, this whole debacle is paid for by the tax payer. Ah, the American system!!!! So, the FELON charge omits the possibility of her getting a job as a teacher when she graduates.THEY chose their own destiny and they cost the State of Ohio probably MILLIONS, when it’s all said and done. By the way, I hear our state is out of money!!! Ah, the WISDOM of our public officials.

106 Cpcmnt February 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm

The FULL picture is she lied to the Akron housing authority to get her discounted housing there. Lied to Copley Fairlawn, and then refused a settlement of $1800. to walk away. Now we find out her Dad, whos house she claimed her kids lived at, (which by the way she could have just moved there if she really was worried about the kids education) has not paid taxes on that home in 10 years, and was running a scam of his own claiming it was a homeless shelter to avoid taxes……….yeah we should just say our bad and let the poor gal walk away. Maybe if she uses a gun next time…?????

107 B_izzo February 28, 2011 at 12:52 am


A couple of key counterpoints to your comments. First, your remarks are all over the board and off base. The issue at hand is whether this mother lied, committed a crime, etc. The issue is not the bailout or any other issue you have with big business. The issue also not whether this mother is black or singel. Although being a single mother puts her behind the 8 ball economically this does not provide her right to lie or commit fraud. There are a number of times she could clean or even before lying she could have made different choices. For instance she could have actully moved in with her father. Saves money, provides a closer family relationship and actually makes her kids eligible to attend Copley schools.

I can’t help myself. I will go off topic to point out I have understanding how you live hand to mouth given your educational bacground. It is elite. This may indicate that you come from some level of money or exceptionally bright. Either way for you to now put yourself in the working man category seems odd. Drop the populist throwaway lines. They make you appear to be intellectually dishonest t

108 Cpcmnt March 5, 2011 at 4:47 pm

This is truelly hysterical. Al Sharpton, Mr. race card himself, stated on Dr. Phil, “this has nothing to do with race” Way to have your finger on the pulse of what is going on Karoli. Perhaps you should concern yourself with whats going on in Ca. and stay out what you dont have a clue about. Its self important people like you that twist the truth and make a bad situation even worse. You should be ashamed of yourself. Oh, and yes I do realize this is your blog, thats the point.

109 old copley March 24, 2011 at 3:00 pm

The comments just prove how volitile this issue is and how it can be misconstrued by so many otherwise bright and informed people. Bottom line is she lied, she cheated, and she stole. You try doing that in any other way and you are in jail! Schools are barely surviving, taxes are going up so high in Copley that I have heard some older retired people lament that they may have to move into an apartment because while their house is paid for, their taxes are going up too high to be afordable on fixed incomes from 10 years of retirement. There has to be rules, and they need to be followed. That being said..Akron needs to clean up its school system and make it a place that people want to send their children. It starts with safety and academic excellence, which both start with parents who really care. Copley is traditionally a farm community that no one gave much notice to until it became a bedroom community with great schools!

110 JamesD March 24, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Old Copley.

That is an excellent post.

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