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Last year, Utah educators were disappointed when Jaime Escalante, subject of the popular movie "Stand and Deliver," became ill and was not able to attend the annual Utah Education Association convention.

This year, they will get a second chance. Escalante is scheduled to be the keynote speaker for the 1994 convention Oct. 6-7 in the Salt Palace. The educator, who refused to let students fail in his classes, will speak during the opening session Oct. 6 at 10 a.m.School will be dismissed for the two days to allow teachers to gather, compare notes, hear from experts and view exhibits.

Gov. Mike Leavitt also will speak during the opening ceremonies. Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller will make a special presentation on behalf of the UEA's Children at Risk Foundation, and UEA President Lily Eskelsen also will address her peers.

Thursday afternoon and Friday, dozens of sessions will focus on such subjects as academic and general school problems, including technology, violence in schools and services for special-needs students.