Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spread the Message that Adult Education Matters - Suggest an AEM Stamp to the US Postal Service

We all know Adult Education matters.

And we all know that stamps are a way our culture recognizes the importance of something and promotes it - in one easy rectangle.

And we all know how great it would be to have Adult Education Matters stamps.

But did we all know that that is actually possible?

Here's how we do it:  

Hit the link to learn more.

The stamp selection process

The Postal Service welcomes written suggestions for stamp subjects that help portray the diversity of the American experience for a worldwide audience. Any proposal that meets established guidelines will be considered. If you are interested in submitting an idea, you should:
  1. Carefully consider the guidelines for appropriate stamp subjects (see What are the criteria for stamp subjects?)
  2. Mail your suggestion to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee at the address below. (No in person appeals are accepted.) Due to the time required for research and approval, ideas for stamp subjects should be received at least three years prior to proposed issuance. Each submission should include pertinent historical information and important dates associated with the subject.
Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260-3501
Once the suggestion is received, the following occurs:
  1. Stamp Development (the office within the Postal Service that manages the stamp design process and coordinates with CSAC) sends an acknowledgement that the proposal was received.
  2. Stamp Development evaluates and researches the submission as necessary to ensure that the proposed subject meets the criteria.
  3. The subject is placed before CSAC, and the committee takes one of two actions:
    1. it does not recommend the subject , or
    2. it holds the subject for future consideration
  4. Working in advance, CSAC submits recommendations to the Postmaster General.
  5. The Postmaster General ultimately approves the subjects and designs for all U.S. postage stamps and postal stationery. (Unfortunately, due to the length and complexity of the process, the Postal Service cannot notify the proponent if a subject is chosen.)
  6. No credit or compensation is given for the submission of a stamp subject that is selected.
Points to include in our communication:

* The value of Adult Education

* The history - over 150 years old

* The programs - Literacy, Adult Basic Education, GED, High School Diploma, ESL, Citizenship, Job Skills, Parent Education, Older Adult Programs, Financial Literacy

* Organizations which support Adult Education:  National Coalition for Literacy, California Council for Adult Education, California Federation of Teachers

* Elected Officials on record as supporters of Adult Education:  California Assembly Member Patty Lopez, Congressman Ted Lieu, California State Senator Carol Liu, California Assembly Member Rocky Chavez

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