Sharyl Dawes comes out of the gates today with a focus on minorities. Not too concerned about funding or graduation rates, Ms. Dawes believes Georgia needs to address the language barrier in education today. She wasn’t clear what she wanted to do about the parents in these situations, since communicating with the parent is usually the obstacle and not communicating with the student.
The following is her press release:
Feb. 26, 2014 – JOHNS CREEK – Sharyl Dawes, a former educator and former Chairman of the Gwinnett Republican Party announced her campaign today for Georgia’s School Superintendent in the Republican Primary. Sharyl Dawes was born on Travis Air Force Base in California, while her father served as a Major in the Korean Conflict. Dawes is a fourth-generation teacher, who earned an MBA and spent 26 years as a corporate executive – specializing in turning around projects which were not profitable or inefficient.
The Republican Primary for School Superintendent will be held on May 20th of this year and already is a crowded field – with six candidates currently vying for the seat. Dawes is the only candidate with experience as an educator, businesswoman and chairman of a Republican Party organization in a large Georgia County.
Dawes has spent nearly 20 years as an active PTA Legislative Liaison to the Georgia Legislature and is uniquely qualified to work with state government on behalf of schools. Under her leadership, her local PTSA in Johns Creek was recognized as Georgia’s “Most Outstanding High School PTSA.”
“One of my great concerns for Georgia’s schools is the inability to adequately teach our children because of the language barrier of many students,” said Dawes, “I plan to implement an ‘English Only’ policy for classroom instruction. This is not intended to be punitive – it is intended to prepare Georgia’s students for the competitive job market of the future. I also want to keep classroom instruction from being slowed down due a student’s inability to understand English.”
Sharyl Dawes and her husband live in Johns Creek with their two children. Michael Dawes attends Notre Dame Law School and Danielle will be a freshman at Duke University next fall.