published on July 14, 2016 - 10:54 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

(AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is now selling 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 USPS issued the stamp Wednesday, six months after it was announced. The art features Escalante in a digital illustration that has the appearance of a painting. It’s based on a photograph taken of Escalante in a classroom.

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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