Ken Mercer, an elected member of the State Board of Education, and education advocate Alice Linahan will speak to Star Republican Women on Tuesday, April 19 at Quail Point Lodge. A complimentary luncheon will be served at 12:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 1 p.m.
Ken Mercer was elected to the State Board of Education for District 5 in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2012. He is seeking re-election this year. He represents all or a portion of 13 counties, including Llano County.
Mercer is currently a member of the Committee on School Finance/ Permanent School Fund, which oversee the Permanent School Fund, the nation's largest education endowment, as well as some funding and auditing policies. During his tenure on the board, he also has served as chair of the board's Committee on School Initiatives and vice chair of the board's Committee on Instruction. Mercer has been known for his conservative views regarding the formulation of state standards in science and history.
Alice Linahan is a "Politically Active Texas Mom" who leads a grassroots movement against Common Core curriculum in Texas schools. In 2014, she was awarded the Upton Sinclair Award for her work as an advocate for securing the best of education policies for the next generation of American children. She speaks publicly throughout the country to educate the public on "the truth about the fundamental transformation of education in America."
Numerous Star Republican Women members and associates will attend the upcoming Texas GOP Convention in Dallas as delegates or alternates. There were named to these positions at their respective Llano or Burnet County GOP Conventions March 19.
Attending from Llano County are:
Delegates: Members Kathy Hussey, Kathy Jones, Mary Lou Kromer, Gennie Ward; and Associates Ron Hewitt, Bill Hussey, Peter Jones, and Jay Ward.
Alternates: Member Charlotte Hewitt; and Associates Rocky Reese and Sandra Thompson
Attending from Burnet County are:
You Can Attend the Convention, Too!
The State Convention is set for May 12 to 14 in Dallas. If you want to attend as a guest, go to http://www.texasgop.org for more information and registration forms.
SRW's Caring for America Committee continues to accept items to benefit HOPE Haus in Llano. Bring items to the upcoming April 19 SRW General Meeting.