FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A Fort Worth mom will soon be on her way to Washington D.C. to represent the State of Texas in a congressional conference on education.
Darlene Shue, along with delegates from other states, will discuss class curriculum’s, nutrition and school funding with U.S. lawmakers.
As a mother, Shue says she has spent a lot of time over the years thinking about education. “When parents become involved in the education of their children it teaches those children how important education is,” she explained.
It isn’t just her own children’s schooling that she is concerned about.
Shue has numerous little reasons to worry. The mother of three runs an in-home Montessori school for children under the age of five.
“They start when they’re infants — learning,” she said, “by the time they’re mobile they’re already finding their beautiful work and doing it.”
Now, the North Texan is taking her concerns about the future of the school system to the nation’s capital.
Shue was selected by ‘Parenting Magazine’ to represent Texas at the second-annual “Mom Congress on Education and Learning Conference” held at Georgetown University, April 10-13.
She is one of 51 delegates attending the conference from across the United States. “We’re going to be talking about school nutrition and the importance of balancing education and physical education and the arts,” Shue said. “I know that I will be networking with powerhouses from across the nation and then meeting with the Secretary of Education.”
As the sole representative for Texas, one of Shue’s top priorities will be addressing an issue that schools all across the state are currently facing. “We keep saying to the legislators in Austin, the future of Texas depends on adequate funding for education,” she said, “For me it’s a lot of training and inspiration, and I’m going to bring this excitement back and share it with my network.”
As a long-time PTA member, Shue believes when the system fails, parents need to step in. “For many of the schools, the PTA is filling in the void and bringing in the things that schools just can’t spend their budget money on,” Shue said. “The most passionate thing for me is getting parents to be vocal, and involved, engaged in their children’s education.”
Shue hopes she will not only leave an impression on Washington, but can also come back to Texas with new ideas about ways to improve our schools.