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Education Theft


If your child were starving, would you steal a loaf of bread?  If your child’s future depended on gaining a quality education, would you break the law to obtain it for her?

Gwen Samuel, 2010 Mom Congress delegate from Connecticut, tackles the issue of education theft this week on NBC’s Education Nation blog.  Stories have been popping up all over the news this year about parents who lied about residency in order to get their children into safer, better schools.

A tireless education advocate and supporter of parent involvement, Gwen comes out on the side of parents who are doing what needs to be done to build better lives for their children.  Parents should have options and a voice.  She says:

"Parents don’t leave it solely in the hands of educators, administrators and public policymakers, and for that we may be subject to arrest for being the responsible adult and choosing the best schools for our children. We cannot continue to allow the arrests of parents who only want a good education for their children.

The days of blindly trusting educators, administrators and public policymakers are over. Parents are learning to read and understand data. Parents are learning what a high-quality school looks like. And low performance will no longer be an acceptable option for our children."

Find her complete post at