A North Carolina judge has ordered three children to attend public schools this fall because the homeschooling their mother has provided over the last four years needs to be "challenged."
UPDATE 3/17/09: Judge says mother's church relevant, as some say it's a 'cult.'
-- From "Judge orders homeschoolers into public district classrooms" by Bob Unruh © 2009 WorldNetDaily 3/11/09
A statement released by a publicist working for the mother [Venessa Mills], whose children now are 10, 11 and 12, said [Judge Ned Mangum of Wake County] stripped her of her right to decide what is best for her children's education.
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."
The judge [who is handling the divorce proceeding for the parents] 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.
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Similar to California case.