Three years ago, Yolanda Miranda spent the night in jail for grand larceny. Her crime? Stealing an education. She, like many other poor and single moms, is so desperate to save her kids from failing schools that she risked jail time to send them to a school district with higher standards.
“If I had to do it again 10 times over, I would,” said Miranda, whose charges were later reduced to a misdemeanor after she pleaded guilty to offering a false instrument for filing, or essentially lying on school enrollment forms. “You feel like you have to take things into your own hands. We have to do whatever we can to give our kids a chance.”