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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's Statement on the Passing of Jaime Escalante

Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry, (202) 401-1576,

"Jaime Escalante's extraordinary life and work is a testament to the importance of great teaching. He refused to offer excuses or lower his expectations for disadvantaged students, and he transformed their lives. Too often, great teachers are unsung heroes. Jaime Escalante was justly celebrated--but his life provides yet one more reminder of the many teachers who work zealously every day to open the minds and doors of opportunity for students."