This Mom Spent 5 Years in Prison For Enrolling Her Son in the Wrong School District
In 2011, Tanya McDowell, a homeless mom from Bridgeport, Connecticut was arrested and charged with first-degree larceny for enrolling her then 5-year-old son Andrew in a school that was in a different neighborhood.
The problem is that the both of them were homeless at the time. She and her son were reportedly sleeping at an apartment at night, but during the day they had to leave, and lived in her car or at various shelters nearby.
She eventually took a plea deal and was sentenced to five years in prison for the charge. She had also been charged for selling drugs to an undercover police officer, which she admitted to doing because she needed to support herself.
Just three years after her release from prison, Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, two famous white actresses, were sentenced to just a few weeks in prison for illegally paying to get their daughters into University of Southern California.
The scandal kicked off a national conversation about white privilege and public education.