Cheating But Not Cheated: A Memoir of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal


Atlanta, GA, April 2015 - The Atlanta Public Schools (APS) Cheating Scandal is now remembered as the longest criminal trial in Georgia history. The conviction of 11 of 12 defendants verdict sparked concerns after they were found guilty under Georgia’s RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Law. 


The investigation into the school district’s test scores was sparked by back in 2009 after reporters with the Atlanta Journal Constitution found discrepancies in score patterns with the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). The news story led to an investigation that found a high number of score erasures.


The case included years of investigation, testimony, the indictment of 35 teachers and the superintendent on 65-counts, and even the death of two defendants, including APS Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall.


Christopher Waller, former principal of Parks Middle School, became the “poster child” of the scandal. Waller was labeled as Dr. Hall’s favorite principal in the APS system. In February 2014, Waller took personal and public responsibility for his actions and entered a guilty plea as a first-time offender.


The scandal turned his life upside down. While the investigation and court proceedings took center stage in the media both locally and nationally, Waller and his attorney LaDawn Jones penned a memoir Cheating But Not Cheated. The book was not written for redemption, instead it gives readers a look at the other side of the scandal. Cheating is a lesson in leadership, integrity, morale and community involvement.


Cheating But Not Cheated also provides an inside look at what it took to be a principal at a school that faced a plethora of challenges. Despite the environment around the school, students were given the opportunity to see school as a sanctuary as many of them lived in the midst of chaos.


Cheating But Not Cheated will give readers Waller’s perspective of what was done by the teachers to produce false results. Yes, there was cheating; however, the students of Parks Middle School were not cheated.


Waller is donating a portion of the proceeds to his favorite charity, Sixth Episcopal District Haiti Fund, an orphanage for children.


Christopher Waller and Attorney LaDawn Jones are available for interviews. 


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GNN Radio: John Clark Interview


Christopher Waller, former principal of Parks Middle School in Atlanta, GA joins Attorney at Law, LaDawn Blackett Jones during an interview with John Clark of Georgia News Network Radio to discuss the latest from the APS Cheating Scandal and their new book "Cheating but Not Cheated".


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Former APS defendant: "Accept responsibility'

Christopher Waller, former principal of Parks Middle School in Atlanta, GA served as principal at Parks Middle School for five years before the APS scandal broke.  He sat down with 11 Alive News Reporter Jeremy Campbell  for a one-on-one interview. 

1380 WAOK-AM News & Talk Radio Interview


(April 8, 2015) Attorney LaDawn Blackett Jones appears on the "Real Talk with Rashad Richey" show at Club E Cafe in College Park, GA to discuss the latest from the APS Cheating Scandal. Attorney Jones speaks about her Client Christopher Waller, who was the principal at Parks Middle School at the time of the teacher scandal and also talks about their book "Cheating but Not Cheated".


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GNN Exclusive Radio Interview

(March 25, 2015) Christopher Waller, former principal of Parks Middle School in Atlanta and Attorney LaDawn Blackett Jones speaks out on "Atlanta Public Schools Test Cheating Scandal". Waller gives insight on what it was like being the principal of a school in a system known for "sex, drugs, and cheating".


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Race Solutions Tour Hits Chicago

 (March 21, 2015) Dr. Joseph L. Williams takes his Kolor Struck documentary and movement to Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Williams teamed up with Rev. Dr. Stephen J.Thurston of New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church and Dawn Henson of Action 2140 to form a stragey of eradicating issues of racism and improving race relations in the City of Chicago and the local community.


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