An Ohio mother who served jail time earlier this year for illegally enrolling her children in a safer neighborhood's school has had her felony convictions reduced to misdemeanors.
Kelley Williams-Bolar has won a reprieve. The Ohio mother who served jail time earlier this year for falsifying information to enroll her children in the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools has had her felony convictions reduced to misdemeanors.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich – going against the recommendation of the Ohio Parole Board – reduced the charges Sept. 7. Ms. Williams-Bolar had been particularly concerned about having a felony record, which could block her hoped-for career in education.
“No one should interpret this as a pass – it’s a second chance,” Governor Kasich said.
Thousands of people from around the country lobbied for the single African-American mother, partly because they related to her story of wanting her children to attend school and go to their grandfather’s house after school in a safer environment than their nearby Akron neighborhood.