School founder: Bennett's actions 'unfortunate'

INDIANAPOLIS - The founder of an Indianapolis charter school at the center of a grade-change scandal that led Florida's education commissioner to resign says it's "unfortunate" that his actions might detract from educational progress made in Indiana.

Christel House Academy founder Christel DeHaan said Thursday that no one associated with the school spoke with Tony Bennett about the school's grade while Bennett served as Indiana's school's chief.

Emails obtained by The Associated Press show Bennett and his staff changed the grading formula used to hold schools accountable after learning Christel House had received a C instead of an A.

DeHaan is a prominent Republican donor and has given the GOP $2.8 million since 1998, including $130,000 to Bennett.

Bennett denies any wrongdoing and says the formula change benefited a dozen other schools.

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