NORWALK - A local homeless woman pleaded not guilty today to charges she stole from the Norwalk School District by enrolling her son in kindergarten illegally.

The state NAACP president was there in support of Tanya McDowell, as was the head of the Connecticut Parents Union.

McDowell is charged with larceny after police say she enrolled her son in Brookside Elementary School in Norwalk last September even though she didn't live in the city.

McDowell's lawyer says she's homeless and used her baby sitter's Norwalk address for school records.

Her son was pulled from the school and is now enrolled in Bridgeport.

Lawyers say McDowell should be protected under a federal act allowing children of homeless parents to continue going to a school of the parent's choice.

McDowell will be back in court in two weeks.

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