Emails obtained by the Associated Press suggest that when he ran Indiana’s schools, Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett intervened to hike the grade of a supporter’s charter school from a C to an A.
Bennett told the Times/Herald Monday that the school, Christel House Academy, was among the top-performing charter schools in Indiana. If it hadn't earned an A, that meant something was wrong with the entire grading system, he said.
"It had nothing to do with politics," he said.
Bennett said that Indiana was in the midst of finalizing its school grading formula when the email exchange took place. He said he had hoped to use high-performing schools like Christel House to calibrate the system.
"We needed to make sure the school grades reflected how the schools really performed," he said.