Stand and Deliver Teacher Dead at 79


Jaime Escalante, the Bolivian immigrant whose extraordinary success teaching advanced math to inner-city students in Los Angeles became the subject of the 1989 movie Stand and Deliver, died Tuesday after a battle with bladder cancer. He was 79. Edward James Olmos earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as Escalante, whose students at Garfield High were among the highest-testing of any public-school pupils in the country. RIP, Mr. E. [AP]

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