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Thursday, April 09, 2009 | 7:56 AM

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Well, words fail me. A Rochester mother has been arrested and charged with two felonies -felonies! - for trying to get a good education for her children.

The Democrat and Chronicle's outrageous headline: "Woman arrested in a school scam."

According to the charges, the mother, Yolanda Hill, lives in Rochester but has been sending her children to Greece schools, and she didn't pay tuition. And, according to the charges, she lied and said her children lived in Greece. In the eyes of the law, she has stolen money from Greece taxpayers.

Yes, if Hill broke the law and lied about it, that was wrong. But much worse is a system that traps the region's poorest children in poor neighborhoods and sends them to concentrated-poverty schools. Also much worse: knowing - as all of us do - that those children almost certainly won't get a good education, and not doing anything about it.

What to do about it? Break up the concentration of poverty in urban school districts, through regional schools, campus schools, more charter schools - take your pick. But it is immoral to doom those children. And it should be no surprise when parents try to get a good education for their children in any way they can.

Yolanda Hill's story has produced a media frenzy, along with the usual surge of comments on local media websites. Some have been sympathetic to Hill and her family; many, predictably, have been obnoxious.

Something good could come out of this. Community leaders might realize the depth of our urban education crisis and actually try to do something about it. I know what'll happen, though; they'll point fingers at the Rochester school district again. And that'll get them off the hook. And nothing will change.

-Mary Anna Towler

Blogger Selena Deak said...

Mr. Chaney! It's Selena, your former French student!

That is a sad article -- and really something that needs to be changed. I feel so darn lucky because I have been blessed with the gift of a good education, but for those people who have to go to horrible schools or no school at all -- that is only the loss of the world. People who have the potential to be and do miraculous things are never given the chance.


Blogger Cch092775 said...

Selena, what a delightful surprise. I know you wrote your comment on April 25th, but I'm seeing it for the first time on June 7th. I don't know why? I'm so glad you happened to stumble upon the article. It is sad, but I've heard that there are many people who are organizing to help Ms. Hill. Hope to hear from you soon, Peace, Mr. C.

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Blogger Selena Deak said...

Mr. Chaney! It's Selena, your former French student!

That is a sad article -- and really something that needs to be changed. I feel so darn lucky because I have been blessed with the gift of a good education, but for those people who have to go to horrible schools or no school at all -- that is only the loss of the world. People who have the potential to be and do miraculous things are never given the chance.

 
Blogger Cch092775 said...

Selena, what a delightful surprise. I know you wrote your comment on April 25th, but I'm seeing it for the first time on June 7th. I don't know why? I'm so glad you happened to stumble upon the article. It is sad, but I've heard that there are many people who are organizing to help Ms. Hill. Hope to hear from you soon, Peace, Mr. C.

 

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