INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A top Republican donor whose Indiana charter school
would have received a "C'' grade until former schools chief Tony Bennett's
staff changed the state's A-F grading formula says she never asked for
Christel DeHaan told The Associated Press Monday that representatives of
her school, business groups and school choice advocates talked with the
Department of Education about improving the A-F system for all Indiana
schools. She says no one from Christel House Academy was involved in
discussions designed to affect the school's grade.
Emails obtained by The Associated Press show Bennett's staff searched for
ways to give the school an "A'' after low 10th grade algebra scores
dragged down its rating.
DeHaan has given more than $2.8 million to Republicans since 1998. Bennett
is now Florida's school chief.