From Dr. Boyce Watkins:
As you know, the Your Black World Coalition is seeking justice for Tonya McDowell, the homeless single mother who was arrested for sending her child to the “wrong” school district (similar to the case of Kelley Williams-Bolar a few months ago).
I just spoke yesterday with Gwen Samuel from the Connecticut Parents’ Union. She has informed me of the situation on the ground in Connecticut with regard to educational inequality. As in many other cities across the nation, the schools in Norwalk, CT (where Ms. McDowell sent her child) are far superior to the schools in Bridgeport, CT (where she was legally expected to send her little boy). Therefore, while we can’t say for sure exactly why Ms. McDowell broke the law to send her child to the Norwalk school system, it is clear that there is a strong incentive to break the law to get access to a quality education.