Bennett: No pressure to change Ind. school grade... Created by kblakeslee on 7/29/2013 5:58:26 PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Florida schools chief Tony Bennett says he did not feel political pressure to revamp Indiana's school grading system while he led the state's education office despite emails showing his staff scrambled to give a key GOP donor's school an ``A.''
September emails obtained by The Associated Press show Bennett's staff sought ways to give Christel House Academy a top grade after 10th grade algebra scores pulled the school down to a ``C'' in the state's A-F grading system.
Academy founder Christel DeHaan has given more than $2.8 million to Republicans, including $130,000 to Bennett.
Bennett and DeHaan denied Monday that the academy received special treatment.
Bennett lost his Indiana job in November when voters ousted him in favor of Democrat Glenda Ritz. He was appointed Florida's education commissioner in December.