Tanya McDowell, the homeless mother arrested for sending her child to the wrong school, is getting support from a group that is demanding that the charges against her be dropped. The Connecticut Parents Union, led by Gwen McDowell, has presented a petition written at Change.org, demanding that the prosecutor dismiss the charges against McDowell and allow her to go free.
On April 16, McDowell was arrested for sending her child to a school outside her home district. The problem was that McDowell was homeless, so some are arguing that she had no home district. Additionally, as the case of Kelley Williams-Bolar showed, millions of Americans are outraged that seeking quality education is now punishable by law.
The Your Black World Coalition, Dr. Boyce Watkins and Rev. Al Sharpton held a rally for Williams-Bolar in Ohio and Dr. Watkins was one of the first to report on the case of Tanya McDowell.
A petition at Change.org on behalf of Ms. McDowell has gotten 15,000 signatures and is being presented to the prosecutor. To read more about the Tanya McDowell case, click here.