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Jaime Escalante dies at 79; math teacher who challenged East L.A. students to 'Stand and

Mar 30, 2010 10:08:00 PM - latimes.com
He became America's most famous teacher after a 1988 movie portrayed his success at mentoring working-class pupils at Garfield High to pass a rigorous national calculus exam. He died of cancer.

Jaime Escalante, the charismatic former East Los Angeles high school teacher who taught the nation that inner-city students could master subjects as demanding as calculus, died Tuesday. He was 79.

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