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ACTION ALERT: CSTEP/STEP Funding in Jeopardy!

Greetings:

In his proposed budget for 2018-2019, Governor Cuomo has proposed a reduction in funding for CSTEP and STEP – a 17% cut in funding for each program totaling $4.63 million. While we are aware of the range of the projected budget deficit of $1.7 - $4 billion, the proposed cuts to our programs is shortsighted and unfair.  For programs the Governor has initiated such as the Excelsior Program and the STEM Incentive Program, funding will increase or be level funded – no reduction in funding.  This is simply unacceptable! STEP serves over 11,000 students in over 260 school districts through 58 programs.  CSTEP serves 7,900 students throughout New York State in 55 programs.  We are highly efficient and effective and do not deserve a reduction in funding.

A strong response will be required of our students, their families and our supporters if we want to maintain the funding we have worked hard to achieve. We need a big turnout for our Advocacy Day on Tuesday, February 13th in Albany, NY and your participation in this email letter-writing campaign! If your institution is unable to participate in Advocacy Day, you should arrange a visit to local legislators in your home district offices.

 

Advocacy Day in Albany, NY on Tuesday, February 13th

BACKGROUND:

Advocacy Day is a statewide event held in collaboration with the Student Aid Alliance that consists of a rally in the Legislative Office Building (LOB) with speakers ranging from supportive legislators to CSTEP and STEP alumni and current students. Other groups participating in Advocacy Day are: HEOP, Liberty Partnership Programs and advocates for the TAP program.  This is an all-day event and lunch vouchers are provided to each participant.

Advocacy Day is an extremely important and a critical part of our strategy to ensure we meet with legislators and their staff to discuss the impact of CSTEP and STEP and explain why the programs deserve their support. 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

APACS, Inc. schedules appointments with legislators and assigns cross-representative groups to each appointment. Each institution should make their own appointments to visit their home district legislators on this day in Albany, NY. Independent sector programs may ask Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities to make legislative appointments for them by contacting Phil Kwashie, pkwashie@cicu.org.

SUPPORT FOR TRAVEL:

APACS, Inc. will consider requests to fund group transportation to Albany. Please visit the Advocacy Day channel at http://www.apacs.org/ for details.

APACS Advocacy Committee members, Diane Williams (NYIT) dwilli29@nyit.edu and Randall Keiller (Medgar Evers College) rakeiler@mec.cuny.edu are coordinating the Advocacy Day registration with the Student Aid Alliance.  Please contact them with any questions you may have.

Visit http://nystudentaidalliance.org/advocacy-day/registration... to register for Advocacy day! 

Advocacy Day Committee members, Erin Page (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai) erin.page@mssm.edu, Randall Keiller (Medgar Evers College) rakeiler@mec.cuny.edu and Joann Santos (Monroe Community College) jsantos@monroecc.edu are coordinating our email letter-writing campaign and will contact you shortly.

Thank you for your continued support. Our destiny is in our hands.

Very truly yours,

Michael A. Molina
President, APACS, Inc.

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