Press Release for Campaign Launch Event


Experienced Public Education Advocate Will Announce Campaign for Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board At-Large Seat

Charlotte, NC (June 18, 2015) — Elyse Dashew will be announcing her campaign for an at-large seat on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board at a launch event on Friday, June 19 at McClintock Middle School, 1925 Rama Road, Charlotte NC 28212. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and will include an introduction by 2014 North Carolina Teacher of the Year James Ford, as well as testimonials from student and civic leaders. Following the kickoff, there will be teacher roundtable discussions led by teacher facilitators to gather educator input on topics such as technology use in the classroom, support of first-year teachers, student discipline, and teacher pay.

Dashew, who is co-chair of the CMS Bond Oversight Committee, in addition to having leadership roles in several other education groups, believes she will bring clear and thoughtful leadership to the school board. “Our public schools are the best hope for building paths to success — but only if we can muster the community commitment, smart policy, funding, and political will to address our students’ needs,” said Dashew. With two children in CMS, she dedicates her skills and passion to strengthening local public schools through budget oversight, advising on policy, and building advocacy networks.

Dashew’s core values include:

• Improving teacher pay and pipeline
• Building new schools to relieve overcrowding and prepare for growth
• Addressing deferred maintenance for aging facilities
• Using research-based evidence to guide all school policies, including student assignment, curriculum and testing
• School board collaborating with family, business, faith,
philanthropic and other community and government partners to advocate effectively for all children.

The campaign launch event will end at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by teacher roundtable discussions. There will be opportunities for interviews between 9:20 and 9:30 a.m. For more information about Elyse Dashew and her campaign, please visit or contact campaign manager Gray Newman, 704-609-3160.

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Elyse Dashew with her Children

Ian Beveridge, Elyse Dashew and Emma Beveridge