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Homeless mother faces 20 years jail for sending her son to wrong school.


All Tanya McDowell wanted was a good education for her 6-year old boy. She’s suffered—just as many of us have—during this unforgiving economic stretch in American history. Some say her ‘pride and joy’ didn’t deserve the eduction he was getting. Tanya McDowell is now fighting for her freedom

USAToday A homeless single mother pleaded not guilty today of stealing more than $15,000 from Norwalk, Conn., taxpayers by lying about her address in order to send her 5-year-old son to the city’s elementary school, The Connecticut Post reports.

Tanya McDowell, 33, faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted of first-degree larceny conspiracy charges and stealing $15,686 worth of education.

Tanya’s last known address is in Bridgeport, which is where prosecutors say young A.J. should have been enrolled.

Given the mobility of her current address, a van, Tanya chose the safer Norwalk to park her rig and sign up her son. The problem is, she was a bit misleading and listed her babysitter’s Norwalk address as her own.

Exactly how does a homeless person afford a babysitter? We might want to take a look at that situation before McDowell livelihood is put in the hands of a jury of her peers, but of course, this isn’t the real issue.

Forget about helping this poor homeless woman and her son out, what we’re now trying to do is create an orphan and inmate, both of which will be dependent on taxpayer money for AT LEAST a decade.

So go ahead, Connecticut Prosecutors, “win” your 15k from this less fortunate woman (good luck collecting), ruin two lives, and end up costing your taxpayers a few hundred thousand dollars.

But of course, you’ll set a very valuable precedent, so it may be worth it.

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  • RPA

    When a parent is guilty of felony charges for trying to do the best they can for their child, our values, our future and our humanity are gone. We hear school systems talking about the lack of parent interest being the problem in education every day and this is how someone who does care is treated. And, Rick, I don’t really care about your 2400; I spent 18k last year in property taxes and that shouldn’t give me the right to say that a poor child can’t go to a good school. The educational system in our great country is in need of massive overhaul. A school in a poor neighborhood shouldn’t provide a lesser education than one in a wealthy neighborhood; that is the real issue here. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to place my children in the best schools in the area, but I grew up attending the worst, because my parents didn’t have the means to live in an affluent area. The reality is that there shouldn’t have been any real difference, given that an education is a guaranteed right. The truth is that the schools I attended were nearly worthless, with the average “graduate” reading at a 5th grade level. The only real path given to those who wanted something better for their children was for the child to excel in sports, which was heavily overemphasized in any event. Since there are relatively few professional athletes compared to the number of poor kids, there just isn’t much hope. So, hooray for you Rick; your message to the world is that the poor shouldn’t try, hope or dream to make life a little better for their children. My sincere hope for you is that you will lose your vaunted position and live a little in someone else’s shoes for a while and, maybe (just maybe), become a human. Actually, that’s not what I want for you, but that’s the first thought that occurred to me; what I actually wish is that people like yourself would stop for a moment and think not about what you’ve managed to accomplish and how inconvenienced you might be by someone else having a chance, but what a wonderful world it would be if everyone did have a chance. Sure, you can argue that utopia doesn’t exist (and it doesn’t; I agree), but America is supposed to be about having a chance. Without equality in education, there is no American Dream for those not born into the right place and family. Best Wishes to all (even Rick; sorry for the diatribe).

  • rick`

    Good. I pay $2400 a year in property taxes to the local school system. Why should she get a free ride? If I want to send my kid out of district it would cost $10-$20 THOUSAND. Why should she get special treatment?