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Controversy over Homeschooler Headed to the NBA

Some officials are considering homeschooling an unfair advantage for this teen basketball star.

On a typical weekday, the alarm in Mike Beasley and Nolan Smith’s room squawks at 6 a.m. Smith, a sophomore at Riverdale Baptist School, gets out of bed and prepares for class, just like any other bleary-eyed teenager whose slumber is interrupted before sunrise.

The alarm also wakes Beasley, Smith’s close friend and Riverdale Baptist varsity basketball teammate, but he is in no rush. Beasley’s school day has no homeroom, no bells to start or end a class, and is generally over in 2 1/2 to three hours. Some days, it includes a trip to a local community center, where Beasley works out with a personal trainer — and receives academic credit for it. read more…

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