December 21, 2014

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Groups asking governor to pardon mom for enrolling kids in another district

COLUMBUS — A coalition of activist groups plans to deliver 165,000 signatures to Gov. John Kasich urging him to intervene in the case of an Ohio woman convicted on felony charges after enrolling her children in a neighboring school district.

The groups seeking Kasich’s help for 40-year-old Kelley Williams-Bolar are ColorOfChange.org, Change.org and MomsRising.org. They planned a news conference to discuss their petition drive Monday, followed by a march to Kasich’s office.

Williams-Bolar, of Akron, used her father’s address to enroll her daughters in the suburban Copley-Fairlawn district from 2006 to 2008. She spent nine days in jail for felony records tampering. Her supporters say the convictions mean she can’t get her teaching certificate from the state.

Prosecutors defend the decision to bring felony charges, saying Williams-Bolar willingly broke the law.