Pray for Venessa Mills' Children to be allowed homeschooling

Cross posted on Jeremiah Films

WorldNetDaily broke the story today 3-12-09; The situation is a judge Ned Mangum has ruled Venessa Mills' children must go to a Government public school. Mangum conceded he was putting his judgment in place of the mother's.

Adam Cothes, a spokesman for the mother, 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.

The judge, when contacted by WND, explained his goal in ordering the children to register and attend a public school was to make sure they have a "more well-rounded education." Court order says, "The children have thrived in homeschool for the past four years, but need the broader focus and socialization available to them in public school."

Family friend Robyn Williams said the mother originally moved into a homeschool schedule because the children were not doing as well as she hoped at the local public schools.

The judge became involved because of a divorce filing: The order proposed by the father's lawyer also conceded the reason for the divorce was the father's "adultery," but it specifically said the father would not pay for homeschooling expenses for his children. Papers say the defendant is employed full-time at [name excluded] where he earns gross earnings of $4,700 every two weeks.

... Judge Mangum stated his decision was not ideologically or religiously motivated ...

Williams said, "I have never seen such injustice and such a direct attack against homeschool." ... "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?"

    Deuteronomy 6:6-7 "6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."

According to Williams', the judge also ordered a mental health evaluation for the mother - but not the father - as part of the divorce proceedings, (Because she has strong conservative Christian values? Because she believes that homeschooling is in the best interest of her children? Is being a Christian homeschooler now grounds for questioning someone's mental health??) in what Williams described as an attack on the "mother's conservative Christian beliefs."

Williams' has a website where there are people who can be contacted on this situation and asked to insure a rightous decision is reached that is in the best interests of the children.

Williams told WND the public school order was the worst possible outcome for Ms. Mills, who had made it clear she felt it was important to her children that she continue homeschooling.

Williams said she's trying to rally homeschoolers across the nation to defend their rights as Americans and parents to educate their own children.

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