Jamie Escalante passed away Tuesday of cancer at age 79. Escalante was a math teach in Los Angeles who built up a math program in his low income school system that rivaled anyone else's in the state. In 1982, his students scored so high on their AP exams that ETS suspected that the students were cheating and forced them to retake the exams. There was a movie made about this incident called Stand and Deliver. The movie was a story of triumph. Unfortunately, what happened in real life after the movie takes place is an absolute tragedy. If you want to see everything that's wrong with education in America, have a look. Escalante should've been designing curriculum and programs for use all over the state, not railroaded out of town.
EDIT: "Absolute tragedy" link updated. As PB points out, it went to the wrong place.