A North Carolina judge has over stepped his bounds. Judge Ned Mangum of Wake County, NC has order the three children of Venessa Mills back into the public school system after stating her four years of homeschooling needs to be “challenged.”

Challenged despite that fact that her children’s education has been accelerated by teaching at home, with her children testing two grade levels above and beyond their peers.

“I thought Ms. Mills had done a good job [in homeschooling],” he said. “It was great for them to have that access, and [I had] no problems with homeschooling. I said public schooling would be a good complement.”

The judge said the husband has not been supportive of his wife’s homeschooling, and “it accomplished its purposes. It now was appropriate to have them back in public school.” Mangum said he made the determination on his guiding principle, “What’s in the best interest of the minor children,” and conceded it was putting his judgment in place of the mother’s. And he said that while he expressed his opinion from the bench in the court hearing, the final written order had not yet been signed.

It should also be noted that Judge Mangum is also the judge presiding over Mrs. Mills divorce case. This judge has no right to “put his judgment in place of the mother’s” given that her children are thriving by being home-schooled. This judge is way out of line, just another fine example of the judiciary system run amuck.

A spokesman for the family, Adam Cothes,  said the children routinely had been testing at up to two years above their grade level, were involved in swim team and other activities and events outside their home and had taken leadership roles in history club events. This ruling has not yet been signed but rather was handed down from the bench and it simply can not be allowed to stand.

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