Atlanta Fired First Teacher Involved in School Cheating Scandal

Damany Lewis Fired from ATL schools for cheating

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Atlanta Fired First Teacher Damany Lewis Involved in School Cheating Scandal

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It started with a question: “Do you think you could get into something undetected?” 

It escalated when Parks Middle School Principal Christopher Waller asked Damany Lewis, a math teacher, to slice into standardized testing booklets.

It grew over four years into a well-orchestrated cheating scheme, where Parks’ staffers changed wrong answers to right.

It perhaps ended the first of many careers Wednesday. A tribunal of educators fired Lewis, making him the first APS teacher to be let go as a result of the massive test cheating scandal. Lewis asked the panel for a lighter punishment — and to consider the pressure he and other teachers were under to meet testing goals.

“We were told failure was not an option,” Lewis said. “Teaching and learning was the primary focus of the teachers. Results were the primary focus of this district and our administration.”

After months of delay and millions spent in payroll and legal expenses, educators suspected of some of the most egregious of the school system’s widespread cheating will begin appearing before a tribunal.

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