Homeless Mom Could Go To Jail For Sending Son To Wrong School District

Source: AP / The Huffington Post

NORWALK, Conn. — A Connecticut woman who was homeless has pleaded guilty to fraudulently enrolling her son in the wrong school district.

Tonya McDowell entered her plea Wednesday in Norwalk Superior Court under the Alford Doctrine, meaning she doesn’t admit guilt but concedes the state has enough evidence to convict her.

She also pleaded guilty to selling narcotics. She faces about five years in prison at sentencing.

McDowell was homeless when she was charged with felony larceny last year. Authorities allege she used a babysitter’s address to enroll her son in kindergarten in Norwalk instead of Bridgeport, her last permanent address.

Her case drew national attention and support from civil rights leaders.

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  • An education is the stepping stone towards the American Dream.  Everyone deserves a chance at that dream, and to inhibit a child(especially one born in poverty) from that Dream is immoral and counter productive to the future of America. School choice should be a right not only for the rich and the middle class, but for all Americans regardless of economic, racial or citizenship status.