I read today about a Mom who was convicted of a felony for lying about where her daughters resided in order for them to attend a better public school. Have any of you ever done anything like that? This woman was in someones cross-hairs; many single Moms all over the nation have done this very thing. She was in college to become a schoolteacher. Felons are not allowed to be schoolteachers which is probably a good thing, but, doesn’t the felony conviction seem a bit harsh?
So what is the solution? She was living in the projects probably on welfare so she had time to go to school and be a proper mother to her daughters. Her alternative course of action may have been to work two jobs in order to have enough income to live in a better neighborhood with better schools. Her daughters would be latchkey kids which is legal for teenagers. Who cares if teenagers are home alone, they never get in to trouble. How would she attend college if she worked two jobs?
With two jobs she wouldn’t qualify for any financial assistance, food stamps, or health insurance; maybe not even free school because her income would be too much, unless of course, she could get someone to pay her under the table. More lying and more possible convictions.
The current system forces people to lie and rewards single parents who don’t work. Currently, if you work while putting yourself through school, you don’t qualify for help unless you are a single parent. A single parent can go to school for free, and if you are an unemployed single parent then you get a home, food stamps, insurance and free school. (Just don’t ask for good schools for your kids, because the free homes are in bad neighborhoods.)
Lets say she never gets caught and her daughters grow up and go to college. She is now a schoolteacher with an income that negates the kids qualifying for a grant unless they get knocked up.
My point? This woman should not be convicted of a felony because she arranged for her daughters to go to better schools. Perhaps we should bus good teachers to bad schools and fire the bad teachers. I believe that you should qualify for financial assistance if you are in school and even more so if you are in school and have a job.