It’s safe to say that Elyse Dashew’s childhood experience with education will be a first for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board: She was home-schooled on a sailboat for seven years while her family circled the globe.
Her experience as a mom, though, is one many can relate to: Choosing a magnet school, worrying about transportation and taking a chance on a neighborhood school that’s working to entice middle-class families.
On Dec. 8, Dashew will be sworn in as the only new member of the school board. She placed second in a field of nine candidates in the Nov. 3 countywide election, joining returning members Ericka Ellis-Stewart and Mary McCray.
Sixty-six percent of American 4-year-olds are enrolled in early childhood education, placing the United States well below average compared to other developed countries at a time of increasing focus on early learning, according to a report released Tuesday.