Teacher who inspired 'Stand and Deliver' honored with stamp

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Posted: Jan 05, 2016 11:21 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1OJjYLE) 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.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com