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A homeless black woman is sent to jail for five years for “stealing” public education.
Shit, I want to know more about this story! It’s horrible!
Tanya McDowell, the Connecticut woman charged with stealing her son’s education after sending him to a school allegedly outside of her district, was arraigned on drug charges today.
McDowell, 33, is being held on $200,000 bond. She was arrested Friday after she allegedly sold crack cocaine and marijuana to undercover officers.
McDowell’s arrest came three days after she participated in an education reform rally with Rev. Al Sharpton that was organized by the NAACP. In April, McDowell was charged with first degree grand larceny and conspiracy for allegedly stealing $15,686 in educational services from Norwalk Public Schools because she sent her 6-year-old son to Brookside Elementary School, a school allegedly outside of her district.
Honestly, the mother was trying to give her children a head start on a better life. And the broken education system and the bureaucracy that entangles it have made this nightmare scenario. However, the one thing not being mentioned at all in regards to the harsh punishment:
Rilling said undercover narcotics officers came to him several weeks ago to say that McDowell was on the streets dealing drugs.
"I told them they should proceed as they would in any other case, that no one should feel they have the right to deal narcotics openly and with impunity," Rilling said.
An arrest affidavit obtained by the Stamford Advocate also claims that McDowell attempted to offer officers the service of two prostitutes.
Before being arrested regarding her son’s education, McDowell was arrested in November 2010 for possession of narcotics. She is a convicted felon who was found guilty of first degree robbery and illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle. She was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2001.
"I think she had a tremendous opportunity to take advantage of all the support and to perhaps get herself off the street and based on what the investigation has thus far revealed, she didn’t take advantage of that," Rilling said.
Calls to McDowell’s attorney were not returned. McDowell is due back in court on July 12 for the charges relating to her son’s schooling.