Jaime Escalante, the calculus teacher whose coaching of inner-city Los Angeles students inspired the movie "Stand and Deliver," says he is leaving Garfield High School when the school year ends next week.
Escalante cited differences with his colleagues and a desire for "a change of scenery" as reasons for leaving his 17-year post at the East Los Angeles school. He is going to a similar job in Sacramento."I am going to teach. That is the only thing I can do," he said.
His successful work with poor Hispanic students at Garfield High was chronicled in the 1988 film.
His students' scores in advanced placement calculus exams in 1982 were so stunning that administrators invalidated the results.