The state of Utah has a fantastic program, MESA/STEP (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement/Science Technology Engineering Programs). MESA is run through the Utah State Office of Education. Its mission is to "provide leadership, vision and advocacy so that all students have educational opportunities to meet their potential and achieve competency."

That mission is undermined by the simple fact that not all students are allowed to participate in MESA's after-school programs and classes, which are paid for in part by the state. The Utah Legislature has provided MESA with over $3 million since 1991. The program is, in fact, fulfilling its slogan — taking "some" of Utah's students "Places Others Only Dream About."

Matthew Conder

West Valley City