[Homestead] Homeschooling fight in NC
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Thu Mar 12 17:18:42 EDT 2009
Since this is a "Family Court" decision I think this poor woman has to
appeal it to the State Supreme Court. Hopefully she will get some
help. I'll post the press release and the link at the end goes to a
site with much more information and articles.
"NC Judge orders homeschool mother to put kids in public school
March 11, 2009, Raleigh, NC - Venessa Mills is fighting a legal battle
for the heart and soul of homeschooling in North Carolina. On Friday,
March 6, Judge Ned W. Mangum stripped her of the right to homeschool,
and ordered her three children to enter public school.
Mills was forced to defend her right to homeschool during divorce
proceedings brought on by her husband's unfaithfulness. 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."
What has emerged is a picture of a clearly liberal judge imposing his
beliefs and striking down traditional values. Mangum, a Democrat
appointee, disregarded the facts of the case in favor of his own
agenda. Such anti-conservative prejudice is increasingly legislated
from the bench, and appears to be encouraged by the Democratic Obama
Robyn Williams, friend 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?"
On March 24th lawmakers in North Carolina will be reminded of the
sheer numbers 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
Williams is rallying homeschoolers from across the nation to fight
back to defend their rights as Americans to educate their children.
She feels the judge has been given a free hand to impose his personal
opinions and needs to reexamine his decisions. Please subscribe to
Robyn's blog and join the fight for protecting everyone's homeschool
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