Pardon Tonya McDowell For Kindergarten Educational Theft
  • Petitioned CT Governor Dannel P. Malloy

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CT Governor Dannel P. Malloy
CT Governor Dannel P. Malloy

Pardon Tonya McDowell For Kindergarten Educational Theft

    1. gwen samuel
    2. Petition by

      gwen samuel

      meriden, CT

No parent or guardian should be arrested and convicted for putting their child in a good school, in district or out of district.

Over 27, 251 signatures were gathered  for Tonya McDowell by change.org in 2011 attesting to this fact!

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    1. CT introduced HB 5508 that changes "stealing an education" from felony

      gwen samuel
      Petition Organizer

      CT introduced HB 5508, a bill that makes it a Misdemeanor instead of a Felony when a parent is accused of "stealing a free education. Please note it should NOT be a crime to send your child to a high performing school IF no great schools exist in YOUR area BUT if questions arise related to school residency/zip code then a due process hearing should occur Please call Gov office (800) 406-1527and ask him to improve CT schools, create parent choice options and with these sentiments respectfully ask that H.B. 5508 be decriminalized because parents may get doubles penalties civil from education side and criminal from judicial side. The issue on the table is more about education equity, impoverished communities, failing schools, and families not having equitable access to opportunity Furthermore, CT has a Conn. Gen. Stat. Section 10-186,an administrative remedy which prescribe an educational two level due process procedure to review residency issues, and civil remedies among other things

    2. Reached 250 signatures

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      • over 2 years ago

      I think that it is admirable that she cared enough for her child to want him to have a better education so that he could have a better chance at becoming a productive citizen and not a statistic. I'm not condoning her drug charge conviction, but I will say this, Mother's and Father's who truly love their small children will do whatever is necessary to love, feed, protect and provide for them. In the words of Malcolm X "By any means necessary ". Having said that, don't ever say what you won't do for your child or children. Maybe you haven't been pushed to the limit yet. Everyone's circumstances are different. There is so much in this country that we have to fight for and EDUCATION should not be one of them. In the pledge of allegiance it states " Liberty and Justice for all." That's a joke. This definitely is a travesty and an injustice. Always remember that if God is for you, who can be against you. Be blessed my Sistahs and Brothers........

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    • Gary Tiller PEORIA, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      It is the right thing to do.

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    • Diana Gwinn PORTLAND, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      The criminalization and punishment of this mother and her child is simply outrageous. Not only the mother suffers but so does her child. The taxpayers money could be spent in a prudent manner by helping this family instead of inflicting more harm which could result in more serious problems. There's an old adage: "follow the money". Just who does benefit from this? We already know who loses and at a very high cost to us all.

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    • Marthea Scales NORTH CHGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm signing, because she should have gotten help for herself and child , not prison time, now more money will be spent to take care of a motherless child and prisoner, when they could have helped them both ,by finding shelter and letting him go 2 the school!! This is senseless and a waste of taxpayers money!!

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    • Quinntana Slaughter ANTIOCH, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing this because every child should be given the chance to have a better education.

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