Kelley Williams-Bolar

Parent Liaison

Message from Kelley: I’d love to hear your story if your child has been turned away from a public school. Maybe you live in the “wrong” area (like I did), maybe your child has a disability or doesn’t speak English. Or maybe you think the school is cherry picking students off of their waitlist. I’d love to hear your family’s story. Email me at kelley [at]

Kelley Williams-Bolar is an activist and educator. She currently works as a paraprofessional at a public high school in Ohio. In 2011, she was prosecuted and jailed by the State of Ohio for using her father’s address to get her daughters into a better high school. She has been profiled in the Atlantic and on the Today show, and she is the subject of a feature documentary Robbed: A Mother’s Peril, which is currently in production. She has spoken at South by Southwest, the Vision Summit of Seeking Educational Excellence, and the National Summit of ExcelinEd. She is a graduate of the University of Akron.