NC Judge Orders Homeschool Mother to Put Kids in Public School

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On Friday, March 6, Judge Ned W. Mangum stripped Raleigh resident Venessa Mills of her right to homeschool, and ordered her three children to enter public school. Her friend has founded http://www.HSinjustice.com to draw attention to what she feels is grave injustice.

This judge clearly took personal issue with Venessa's stance on education and faith, even though her children are doing great. If her right to homeschool can be taken away so easily, what will this mean for homeschoolers state wide, or even nationally?

As reported on World Net Daily, on Friday, March 6, Judge Ned W. Mangum stripped Raleigh resident Venessa Mills of her right to homeschool, and ordered her three children to enter public school (North Carolina case number #08CVD17753).

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Mills was forced to defend her right to homeschool during divorce proceedings brought on by her husband's unfaithfulness, according to testimony by Mr. Mills. Mr. Mills admitted, under oath, to repeatedly committing adultery. Even with abundant evidence showing the Mills children are well adjusted and well educated, Judge Mangum ruled overwhelmingly against Mrs. Mills on every point. He stated the children would do better in public school despite the fact that they are currently at or beyond their grade level. Evidence showed two children tested several grades ahead.

When issuing his verdict Judge Mangum stated his decision was not ideologically or religiously motivated. However, he told Mrs. Mills public school will "challenge the ideas you've taught them."

Robyn Williams, friend, former public school teacher, and homeschool mother of four was present at the proceeding. "I have never seen such injustice and such a direct attack against homeschooling," said Williams. "This judge clearly took personal issue with Venessa's stance on education and faith, even though her children are doing great. If her right to homeschool can be taken away so easily, what will this mean for homeschoolers state wide, or even nationally?"

Williams feels that what has emerged is a picture of a clearly liberal judge imposing his beliefs and striking down traditional values. She states that Mangum, a Democrat appointee, disregarded the facts of the case in favor of his own agenda. Her conclusion is that such anti-conservative prejudice is increasingly legislated from the bench, and appears to be encouraged by the Democratic Obama administration.

On March 24th lawmakers in North Carolina will be reminded of the sheer number of homeschoolers in their state. As students and their parents descend on the capitol, organizers of the Capital Fest 2009 field trip will show they have a voice in North Carolina legislation regarding education.

Interview Robyn Williams about this breaking issue. Williams is rallying homeschoolers from across the nation to fight back to defend their rights as Americans to educate their children. She believes the judge has been given a free hand to impose his opinions and needs to reexamine his decisions. Please check Robyn's blog for ongoing details (http://www.HSinjustice.com) on North Carolina case number #08CVD17753.

For more information or to schedule an interview email Adam Cothes.

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