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Rep. Napolitano Introduces Resolution Recognizing Contributions of Jaime Escalante

April 15, 2010
Press Release

(Washington D.C.)- Today, Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, backed by fellow East Los Angeles Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard and Judy Chu and several other members of Congress, introduced a congressional resolution recognizing the life and contributions of celebrated East Los Angeles educator Jaime Escalante. Escalante established a premier calculus program at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles during the late 1970s and 1980s, an achievement recognized nationally and portrayed in the film “Stand and Deliver.” He passed away March 30.

“Jaime Escalante was not only an incredibly dedicated teacher, he was a symbol of what is possible for underprivileged youths across the country,” Napolitano said. “His dedication showed that students can reach the highest point of academic achievement regardless of their racial, social, or economic background. In East Los Angeles and across the nation, we mourn his passing and express our gratitude for his contributions.”

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