tonya mcdowell

Tonya McDowell, 34, given 12 year sentence suspended after five years served and five years probation for falsifying documents to get her child in school.

The zoning laws that are in place aim to keep children in their rightful school seats where no one can take them away.

But in scenarios where students end up in the wrong zone either from a parent knowingly using the wrong address or from someone living with another to get their child in their district’s school, lawmakers translate that into theft.

At that point, the child’s parent is stealing another child’s seat from them…and the price is steep if you get caught. (more…)