School Board Member Sends Child to Private School

School Board Member Abby Freedman

School Board Member Abby Freedman

By: Sharon Aron Baron

The Sun Sentinel has reported that recently elected Broward County School Board member Abby Freedman has withdrawn her youngest son from public school and enrolled him into private. In an article on Monday, the Sun Sentinel writes that, Freedman, who was elected last November, now pays $23,900 to send her 12-year-old son Harrison to Fort Lauderdale-based Pine Crest School, where he’s in the seventh grade.

“No school board member should send her child to a private school for any reason,” said former Broward County School Board Member Jack Shifrel.

Freedman, who was elected last November to oversee District Four which covers Coral Springs, Parkland, Tamarac and parts of Margate and North Lauderdale after a competitive election where she spend over $100,000 of her own money told the Sentinel her concern isn’t with her son’s former school, Westglades Middle in Coral Springs, or the county school district. Instead, she said she’s fed up with state-mandated testing, especially the standardized end-of-course test given when students finish algebra, geometry, biology, U.S. history and civics.

“It is not surprising Abby Freedman would jump a sinking ship,” said Coral Springs Resident Cindy Bolger. “If our own School Board District Four Representative does not have confidence in the public school system  she represents, then the public should not have confidence in her.  Substandard education is acceptable for our children, just not for hers. This is an elected representative that fails to lead by example.”

Tamarac resident Jennifer Vigliano who’s child attends private schools was surprised.  “So, she has such little faith in our public school system that she is sending her child to a private school? What sort of message is this?” “What exactly is her problem with standardized testing? My child attends private school and they take standardized tests, albeit, the tests are national and thusly compared to nationally and not only to students in the state of Florida.”

But former school board candidate Andrew Ladanowski sees it differently. “Abby has to wear two hats, one as a parent, and one as school board member. Good parents always put their kids first.  I sympathize with that.”


Campaign literature from Freedman last year.

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac and to give resident’s a forum. We are not affiliated with the City of Tamarac. That’s why this site can be occasionally opinionated and obviously open.


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  • commenter8

    Abby Freedman will not be re-elected.

  • Mitch P

    For all we know Abby’s kid might not be too bright, which is why she pulled it out of public school. Frankly, school board members in general have been useless in governing curriculum, budgets and labor issues. The jokes on us folks. And the joke just keeps coming. School Board Super Runcie’s contract was just renewed for $276,000 a year. Tell me, what does someone do to earn more than $1,000 a business day? – Oh, that’s right have lunch with students and meet with parents – something a basic social worker does every day. Add the other layers of beaucracy to the system and any of you who can make sense of spending all this money on board members and staff just to get kids to read, write and add must be nuts. If you can’t educate your own kids, don’t have them.
    🙂 Mitch P