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03/27/2013 10:11 am ET

San Jose Teacher Seeks Funds To Bring Latino Astronaut To Campus

SAN JOSE -- At a bilingual charter school in Southeast San Jose, teacher Victoria Ramirez is working to better the odds for her first-graders -- to set them not only on the path to college, but also toward her alma mater, UC Berkeley and, among her first-generation American students, to light the fire of interest in math and science, specifically space technology.

To help do that, the second-year teacher has invited retired NASA astronaut José Hernandez to speak next month. She talked Hernandez into lowering his speaking fee from $15,000 to $2,500 and to visit on a Saturday so families could attend.

The energetic Ramirez, 24, set about fundraising at the online crowd funding site Indiegogo.

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