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Mom will fight order against home schooling

March 13, 2009
News & Observer
3/13/2009

Home-school groups and conservatives across the country are infuriated by a Wake County judge’s declaration that he will make a North Raleigh mother stop teaching her children at home and send them to public schools.

As part of a continuing divorce case, Wake District Court Judge Ned Mangum said last Friday that it would be in the “best interests” of Venessa Mills’ three children to go to public school this fall.

Mangum said at the hearing that while the children are “thriving,” they need to be exposed to the “real world.”

“It will do them a great benefit to be in the public schools, and they will challenge some of the ideas that you’ve taught them, and they could learn from that and make them stronger,” Mangum told Mills at last week’s court hearing.

Mills said Thursday that she will appeal the order, saying that her children, ages 12, 11 and 10, are doing well academically. She said two of her children are learning two grades above grade level and the other is at grade level.

“I couldn’t believe how he overlooked all the facts to legislate from the bench,” Mills said.

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