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in 2009, the 

investigation into the biggest school cheating scandal

in american history


one told his story ... 

christopher waller, former principal of parks middle school,


explains why he admits there was 

Cheating but the children were not cheated!

6 years later

35 educators were indicted

12 went to trial


11 were convicted

some sentenced up to 3 years in prison


one child left behind
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One Child Left Behind

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One Child Left Behind

SUMMER 2019 is the premier of the tell-all documentary revealing the cheating scandal from the investigation to the conviction. Cheated was part of the research leading to this important documentary - One Child Left Behind.
L.B.Jones, co-author of Cheated also serves as co-executive producer of this highly anticipated, award-winning feature length film about the most controversial US Education scandal in history -  the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal.

Winner Best Documentary

WINNER - Aphrodite Film Awards -
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Winner Best Documentary

Winner Best Documentary

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Excerpt from

Cheating but not Cheated

I could not believe that District Attorney Howard indicted the case under the RICO Act because I had always in my life looked up to him. Whether I liked his decisions on cases or not, I still had a great amount of respect for him. Inasmuch as I understood him to be a fair man, when he indicted educators as racketeers, I knew then that the possibility of me working with DA Howard was limited. I felt that the he did not see us as human beings trying to do good things in a difficult situation, but rather he saw us as gangsters and mobsters. I began to lose respect for a man that I had looked up to, the man who had helped my family with a major case after my goddaughter’s death. I may have been able to accept criminal misdemeanor charges under the circumstances, but I really couldn’t grasp the fact that DA Howard, whom I had respected, saw educators as racketeers.

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The Atlanta Public School's cheating scandal is a case study for school districts, educators, and students in education, journalism, and ethics.  The five year ordeal, which culminated in a seven month trial, was a matter of international scandal all kicked off by a newspaper investigation.  Cheating But Not Cheated gives readers the details of the matter from an insider's point of view.  Christopher Waller was held out by the APS superintendent, and later the media, as the "poster child" of the cheating scandal. 
A review of the investigation and trial through the eyes of Christopher Waller, highlights how socio-economics, an over emphasis on testing, and passion for not being at the bottom of the pack led to the cheating scandal.  Cheating is a lesson in leadership, integrity, morale, and community involvement.  Readers, policy makers, and educators cannot know the full story of the testing scandal until they have heard from those who experienced it first hand.  Cheating reveals the perspective that must be understood to prevent future school cheating scandals. 

Order your copy to learn what really happened in Atlanta!

Understanding what happened in APS is important to avoid another education scandal in the U.S.

Excerpt from

Cheating but not Cheated

The culture of the families and student issues were not the only differences. It’s important to note that the culture as an employee and a professional was different as well. I remember sitting in principals’ meetings watching principals pass around Xanax and other prescribed medications in APS. I was floored when I saw it. I was new to the district. They were so open about it that they offered me some. I’m a drug phobic. I’m afraid of what the smallest Tylenol would do to me, so I never messed with any drugs. I quickly said no, but as I continued to work in the district, I began to understand why they used drugs. The culture was that toxic. People under pressure were trying to find ways to relieve themselves, which was their coping mechanism. It was real.

LaDawn LBJ Jones

Author, Lawyer & Entreprenuer

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Christopher Waller

Pastor, Entrepreneur, & Former Principal of Parks Middle

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