School board member drops Parkland proposals

Responding to public backlash, Broward School Board member Abby Freedman withdrew all but one of her controversial boundary proposals Tuesday that would have bused some Parkland students to schools outside the city.

She amended her remaining proposal so future students from an area known as the “Wedge” would attend neighborhood schools as long as there was sufficient room.

More than 1,000 homes planned for the Wedge are still under construction.

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“After meaningful dialogue and careful consideration, I withdrew and amended the proposals to allow all children in Parkland to attend their community school,” Freedman said.

Her original proposals to send students from the new developments to schools in Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach drew heavy opposition from the community.

Wendy Stav, who owns home in the Wedge, was happy her daughter would remain in a neighborhood school but said Freedman was sending the wrong message.

“She’s really not welcoming any new development,” said Stav. “We all need to be part of the city.”

Added parent Nicholas Steffens, “Until she does a full withdrawal of all the proposals, I don’t know our community will be fully satisfied.”

The proposals also touched off a debate between School Board members Tuesday, who argued that future boundary proposals should be left to the community.

“I don’t think we should be making maps because we have to vote on them,” said board member Robin Bartleman.

Freedman, however, stood by her actions.

“I would not change one thing that I did,” she told board members. “I don’t see it as a conflict if you do it the right way, open, transparent, good communication and caring about what you’re doing.”, 954-356-4528 or Twitter @karen_yi

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