Published Online: January 12, 2016
Published in Print: January 13, 2016, as Famed Los Angeles Teacher Honored With Stamp

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Famed Los Angeles Teacher Honored With Stamp

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The U.S. Postal Service has issued a stamp in honor of the late California calculus teacher Jaime Escalante, whose story about pushing underachieving students to succeed was chronicled in the 1988 hit movie "Stand and Deliver."

The stamp art that features Escalante is a digital illustration that has the appearance of a painting. It's based on a photograph taken of Escalante in a classroom. A date when the stamp will be available has not been announced.

The Bolivian-born Escalante taught math at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles from 1974 to 1991. He is remembered for his philosophy that every student is capable of high achievement, regardless of their circumstances. Escalante died in 2010.

Vol. 35, Issue 17, Page 5

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