Wednesday, May 18, 2022
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

American Legion - Post 533
3003 Loop 150 East
Bastrop, TX 78602

Over the last two years, Texas education has been rocked by school closures and interrupted learning. As a result, 60% of kids are behind and almost none of them are catching up. Parents are frustrated by their lack of ability to control what’s happening to their children, and Central Texas parents know this feeling all too well. As in other area schools, campuses in the Bastrop Independent School District have been caught up in poor and uneven response to the COVID-19 pandemic; one student lost more than 30 days of schooling because the district couldn’t find a bus driver for his route.

So, what is the Texas Public Policy Foundation doing to help?

We’re bringing you the Parent Empowerment Tour. Join the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Convention of States, and Heritage Action in Bastrop for a town hall conversation on these key questions: What are the unique challenges in Central Texas? How are families and visionary school leaders rising to meet these challenges? And what should the Texas Legislature do to improve access to great schools?

A complimentary lunch will be provided for in-person attendees.


  • Michael Barba (Moderator) – Policy Director, K-12 Education, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Mary Elizabeth Castle, J.D. (Panelist) – Senior Policy Advisor, Texas Values and Texas Values Action
  • Mercathea Hughes (Panelist) – Assistant Superintendent/Executive Director of Special Programs, Brookesmith ISD
  • Don Stroud (Panelist) – Williamson County Resident; Former Director of Strategic Operations for, Heritage Alliance