Sharpton To Headline NAACP Education Rally

NORWALK, CT (WCBS 880/AP) —  Tuesday evening, Rev. Al Sharpton will be coming to Norwalk to rally support for a homeless woman who is facing criminal charges because she sent her child to a school in a district where she did not reside.

Tanya McDowell has pleaded not guilty to a larceny charge. She’s accused of stealing public educational services by claiming her son lived at the baby sitter’s address.

Norwalk officials say he should have been enrolled in Bridgeport schools, McDowell’s most recent address.

In Norwalk, school officials found two dozen children illegally enrolled in various districts, but singled out only one parent for criminal charges, says Ohio-based attorney David Singleton.

Singleton has a client also facing charges for sending her child to a school in a district where she did not reside.

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He says this entire concept needs to be thrown out.

“The quality of your education should not depend on your zip code,” said Singleton.

He says in the case of his client, criminal prosecution is potentially destroying her career as a teacher.

The rally in Norwalk is being held outside Brookside Elementary School, but Sharpton says he is not responding specifically to the case of Tanya McDowell because he has not looked into it extensively.

Sharpton will be the keynote speaker at the rally urging young people to pursue their education and municipalities to have open access to students for quality education.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is holding the rally.

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  • tony

    Funny Sharpton moved from Harlem to Englewood NJ so that his kids could go to better schools.Th e problem is that these people don’t realize that schooling starts long before a kid leaves the house. Just like Sharpton people study hard to get a good job to afford a neighborhood with high taxes to pay for good schools.
    Here’s an idea for the adults. Turn off the tv take an online course to get a certification or degree get a better job so you can live in a neighborhood with great schools. The problem with America is that only the immigrants know the formula for success. Americans want the easy way or to bend the rules everyone else has lived by.

  • The Facts

    Sharpton supporting a law breaker. Shocked! We’re still waiting for him to pay his back taxes. Why is he not in prison?

  • cecelia

    Good old Al Sharp;ton. Lets make sure this is a racist move on the poor black woman. I am white , would you have come to my aide. This is about what one is suppose to do by laws. Not what you want to do. I had to submit ID for my kid to get into his school. Why don’t she try doing something right for a change. AND DO WHAT SHE IS SUPPOSE TO DO. aL sHARPTON, THANK LYOU FOR KEEPING RACISM ALIVE

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