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July 12, 2011 > New state PTA president selected

New state PTA president selected

Article and photo submitted by Alison apRoberts

Carol Kocivar, a resident of San Francisco, is the new president of the California State PTA. The association has nearly 1 million members throughout the state and is headquartered in Sacramento.

Kocivar was elected to the two-year term of office, which began July 1, at the association's 112th annual convention in Long Beach this spring. She has served as president-elect, vice president for communications, as an education commission member and on numerous committees with the California State PTA.

"Now, more than ever, our children need PTA," Kocivar said. "There are indications that today's children in America could grow up less healthy and less educated than their parents. We must - and we will - change this grim forecast. During these tough times, improving the lives of children has become a true emergency if we want our democracy to survive and thrive. PTA is ready to speak up for - and fight for - the rights of all children."

As a volunteer legislative advocate for the PTA, Kocivar has worked to improve public education by supporting adequate funding, small class sizes, the arts for all children, special education funding, physical education and counselors, and the defeat of vouchers. A past president of the San Francisco Second District PTA, Kocivar also has volunteered in her community to support school and public libraries as well as school bond and parcel tax campaigns.

Kocivar has worked as a journalist and attorney and ombudsperson for special education. She also is a volunteer producer and host of the radio show, "Looking at Education," which is broadcast at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of most months on KALW 91.7 FM, a public radio station in San Francisco.

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