APS cheating scandal documentary to make Atlanta debut at BronzeLens film fest

The cheating scandal involving Atlanta teachers began to unravel in 2008. More than 80 teachers confessed, and 32 pleaded to charges or went to trail and were convicted.

A documentary about the Atlanta Public Schools test cheating scandal is heading to the BronzeLens Film Festival this weekend.

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"One Child Left Behind: The Untold Atlanta Cheating Scandal" will make its Atlanta debut at the Southwest Arts Center on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 3:30 p.m.

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion, featuring director Jodi Gomes, Frank Ski, former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers.

The event is a part of the 10th annual BronzeLens Film Festival, a five-day affair "dedicated to bringing national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color," according to its website.

Although tickets for the gathering are sold out, the flick will continue to hit the festival circuit before going for a broader release.

The movie takes a look at the teachers and administrators who were accused of changing students’ answers on standardized tests and receiving bonuses and raises based on the falsely inflated scores. The scandal led to the racketeering convictions of 11 former educators.

Filmmakers interviewed more than 200 people related to the incident, including 10 of 12 educators who were originally indicted. Six of them appear on camera for the documentary.

During a 2018 interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Gomes, said, "I hope this documentary furthers conversations on how to fix urban education."

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