|Date of Issue
|July 13, 2016
First-Class Mail Forever
|Perforation or Dimension
|0.98 x 1.56 in.⁄24.89 x 39.62 mm
|Washington, DC 20066
On July 13, 2016, in Washington, DC, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Jaime Escalante First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® priced at 47 cents), in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide July 13, 2016.
With the Jaime Escalante Forever® stamp, the U.S. Postal Service® honors Jaime Escalante (1930-2010), the East Los Angeles teacher whose inspirational methods led supposedly "unteachable" high school students to master calculus.
The digital illustration by Jason Seiler depicts Escalante in a style meant to resemble an oil painting. Escalante stands in front of a chalkboard on which calculus symbols are visible. He is wearing his signature flat cap, looking forward toward the viewer. The illustration is based on a photograph taken by Jaime W. Escalante, on May 6, 2005, in the actual classroom at Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento, California, where his father formerly taught.
Fame came to Escalante in an unexpected and unhappy way. In 1982, 18 of his students took the Advanced Placement Calculus Exam. Controversy followed when the testing service accused 14 students of cheating. Escalante suspected that the accusation of cheating was due to the fact that the students were Mexican Americans from a low-income area of Los Angeles. The testing service denied the allegation and proposed a solution: that the 14 students retake the test. Twelve of the 14 did, a different exam from the first, and all passed.
Escalante and his students became instant heroes in the fall of 1982 when the story broke in the news media and attracted the attention of Hollywood filmmakers. The movie Stand and Deliver, released in 1988, garnered good reviews and made Escalante one of the most famous teachers in America.
In 1999, Escalante was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame for his efforts to have children believe in their ability to achieve.
Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Seiler.
The Jaime Escalante stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.