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Ohio Mom Gets Jailtime for Better Education

The case of Kelley Williams-Bolar, who falsified her address to get her three children into a better school, raises questions for Christians concerned about educational equity.

What do Victor Hugo's Les Misé rables and an African American single mother in Ohio have in common? Both faced gut-wrenching realities that sometimes cause law-abiding individuals to blur the lines between what's legal and what seems morally permissible. The shades of gray present both an interesting dilemma and a significant opportunity for Christians concerned about legal and educational justice in the U.S.

Les Misé rables is a familiar tale. Set in 19th-century France, the story's protagonist, Jean Valjean, is arrested for stealing a loaf of bread in order to feed his sister's seven destitute children. Valjean spends several years in prison for his crime. After his eventual release, the plot takes us through a complex story rooted in themes of social inequity, justice, mercy and fairness. We are caused to wrestle with whether or not Valjean's original sentence was just. After all, Valjean was simply trying to take care of his sister's starving children. The kids had no ...

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