And how would you feel about someone who did?
The case of Kelley Williams-Bolar – who served nine days in jail for falsifying documents to enroll her children in a wealthier and safer school district – has sparked more reactions than a Rorschach test.Supporters are outraged that an Ohio county prosecuted and convicted this low-income single mom, whom some see as a modern-day Rosa Parks, challenging an unfair system through a type of civil disobedience.
School-choice advocates want to make her their poster mom.
Critics see her as a poor role model, repeatedly lying and "stealing" an education from a district where she didn't pay taxes.
The case has tapped into debates about educational equity, as schools are funded largely through widely varying local tax bases, says Piet Van Lier, an education researcher at Policy Matters Ohio in Cleveland.
For Ms. Williams-Bolar's supporters, the punishment doesn't fit the crime. "We see it as a grave injustice that she was prosecuted and convicted of two felonies which could destroy her life, for what at most should have been a civil court dispute," says David Singleton, executive director of the Ohio Justice & Policy Center in Cincinnati, which is providing legal counsel for a possible appeal.
NOTE: Many wealthier school districts in Michigan also do not participate in schools of choice or severely restrict the numbers of children from neighboring districts who are allowed to attend their district.