Jaime Escalante

Jaime Escalante, the teacher who did the “impossible” (sic), got all minority students to take and pass higher levels of mathematics tests recently died.  Because he was dealing with minorities, the powers that were, refused to believe that they didn’t cheat.  The following tribute was issued by the White House Initiative for Education Excellence for Hispanics, U.S. Department of Education, Hispanic Outreach & Resources.

Stand and Deliver’ Inspiration and Long-Time Educator Jaime Escalante Loses Battle with Cancer

It is with a heavy heart that the White House Initiative announces the passing of Jaime Escalante, mathematics educator and the inspiration for the movie “Stand and Deliver,” starring Edward James Olmos. The native Bolivian and education veteran, 79, lost his battle with bladder cancer at 2:27 p.m., Tuesday, March 30. We pay tribute to Jaime Escalante and his lasting contributions to the field of education.  Our thoughts are with his wife, children and grandchildren.

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