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APS cheating scandal to be made into movie

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Actor Michael B. Jordan (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore) Actor Michael B. Jordan (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

One of the most embarrassing chapters in city history is about to be retold on the silver screen as producers will turn the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal into a movie.

The movie will focus on one school and one teacher specifically. Parks Middle School math teacher Damany Lewis was the first to confess that he cheated on a standardized test to make it look like students scored better than they actually did.

According to several publications, actor Michael B. Jordan, who's best known for starring in the Sylvester Stallone produced film "Creed," will portray Lewis.

Lewis confessed to the GBI that he had used a razor blade and gloves to carefully slit open a package of 2009 standardized tests so he could see the questions. He then sealed them back together by using a lighter. He also helped change student's wrong answers to the correct ones.

Lewis said he folded under the pressure of the school's then-principal Christopher Waller.

Many other teachers throughout the district also were caught up in the scandal, some saying the pressure ultimately came from the district's late superintendent Beverly Hall. The scandal was the basis of a 2014 New Yorker magazine article called "Wrong Answer." That's also the title of the upcoming movie.

CBS46 is working to find out when and where the movie will be filmed and a possible release date.

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