Restore Funding to the Science And Technology Entry Program (STEP) in the College of Staten Island sign now

As parents and concerned citizens, we are deeply concerned about the elimination of funding of The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) at the College of Staten Island by the New State Department of Education. STEP of College Staten Island has increased the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students prepared to enter college, and improved their participation rate in mathematics, science, technology, health related fields and the licensed professions for over 17 years. It is unreasonable that the children of Staten Island will be deprived of academic enrichment in science and mathematics content areas.

We need your help to save the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) at the College of Staten Island for our children, living in Staten Island and other Boros in the New York City area.

The College of Staten Islands Science and Technology Entry Program has provided academic support services and enrichment to our children in grades 7-12 for the past 17 years, achieving its goal of encouraging and increasing the presence of historically under-represented and economically disadvantaged students in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM careers) and licensed professions. STEP provided on campus tutoring and a Saturday program which was comprised of academic instruction, graphing calculator workshops, field trips, New York State Math, ELA, Science, and Regents test prep, college level research and SAT preparation. In addition to helping our children, we, parents, are provided with the necessary skills through workshops, speakers, and activities that empower us to help our children achieve their plan of attending college and supporting their efforts to compete in this global community.

The New York State Department of Education did not refund STEP this year and it is not fair!! Again Staten Island seems to get a much needed program taken away. It is the only one of its kind that is here and we need it for our children. It appears that little or no consideration has been given to the many years of top award winning projects at the STATE competition that our children have received under the excellent leadership of Mrs. Debra Evans Greene.

Our children are worth it! We need your help! Please give our children an opportunity to compete in this global community through the preparation provided by STEP of College of Staten Island.

The STEP Parents Advisory Board organized a rally on Saturday, July 30, 2011 and gathered signatures from parents and concerned residents of Staten Island. A news media coverage was provided by the NY1 news. To view the video please go to www.ny1news.com, and on the search area, type Rally Held To Save Academy Program.

We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens urge our elected representatives and leaders to act now to request funding of the Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP) of the College of Staten Island.

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