Tanya McDowell, a homeless mom from Norwalk, Connecticut was charged with felony larceny for stealing $16,000 worth of education for her son. When McDowell enrolled her 5-year-old in Norwalk’s Brookside Elementary School. McDowell stayed at a shelter in nearby Bridgeport. If convicted McDowell faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $15,000. According to a press release from Norwalk Public schools they did not know McDowell was homeless nor did they kick her son out of school or press charges. Hmm…someone did.
This has got to be the most absurd waste of public money and time. It is not uncommon for parents to use another address or even a fake address to get their child in a better school or another school. The normal procedure is to remove the child from the school with instructions that the child must be enrolled in their home school. Seriously, the woman is homeless she do they think she has $15,000 to pay in fines. As for the 20 year sentence McDowell is already facing drug charges. Drop the stupid education charges. The money spent on this case could be better used educating the district’s children.