Stamp honoring famed East LA teacher Jaime Escalante is unveiled
Sarah Favot | July 14, 2016
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Garfield High School will forever remember its revered math teacher Jaime Escalante and now so will the U.S. post office.
The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday unveiled its new forever stamp honoring the late East Los Angeles math teacher.
A Bolivian immigrant, Escalante taught calculus at Garfield High from 1974 to 1991. He was recognized for building a high-level math program at the school.
He earned national attention in 1982, when a testing service accused his 14 students who passed the AP calculus exam of cheating. Escalante accused the testing service of singling out his students because they were Mexican-American immigrants from a low-income area of Los Angeles.
Twelve the 14 students took another test and all passed.
The event became the subject of the 1988 movie “Stand and Deliver,” starring Edward James Olmos as Escalante.
Olmos attended the stamp dedication ceremony that was held during the League of United Latin American Citizens’ 87th annual convention in Washington, D.C. U.S. Education Secretary John King Jr., LULAC National President Roger Rocha Jr. and Escalante’s son, Jaime Escalante II, also attended the event, according to the USPS.
The stamp depicts Escalante in his signature flat cap in front of a chalk board on which calculus symbols are visible.
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In 1999, Escalante was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.
A special dedication ceremony will also be held on Saturday at Garfield High, according to USPS.
Customers can purchase the stamp online at usps.com/stamps, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) or at post office locations nationwide.
Legendary teacher #JaimeEscalante honored on Forever® stamp https://t.co/MCRS237oVH pic.twitter.com/INLrssMLYC
— U.S. Postal Service (@USPS) July 13, 2016
Today we celebrate the legacy of #JaimeEscalante & his unrelenting belief in the limitless potential of all students pic.twitter.com/wbxm0IXtYA
— John King (@JohnKingatED) July 13, 2016
The @USPS #JaimeEscalante stamp is unveiled! A well-deserved honor for the late, great #GarfieldHigh calc teacher! https://t.co/29hf2Blebz
— Rep. Roybal-Allard (@RepRoybalAllard) July 14, 2016
“One of the most emotional moments … since he passed,” @edwardjolmos #JaimeEscalante stamp unveiled. @NBCLatino pic.twitter.com/4tkGJ54fXu
— Suzanne Gamboa (@SuzGamboa) July 13, 2016
“Life is not about how many times you fall down. It’s about how many times you get back up.” — #JaimeEscalante https://t.co/aBnaRSQVaO
— Hispanic Caucus (@HispanicCaucus) July 13, 2016