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Indiana school at heart of grade-change flap drops to 'F'

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis charter school at the center of Indiana's grade-changing scandal saw its grade drop from an "A" to an "F" in school grades released Friday.

The Christel House Academy benefited last year from grading changes made by former state schools superintendent Tony Bennett. But grades released for the 2012-2013 school year showed a precipitous drop for the school founded by top GOP donor Christel DeHaan.

Bennett resigned as Florida's education commissioner in August after the Associated Press published emails showing he altered Indiana's school grading formula to benefit Christel House when he was education chief in Indiana.

When Bennett's staff changed Indiana's school grading formula, Christel House's grade went from a "C" to an "A." A Christel House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on Friday.

The State Board of Education approved the grades for all schools throughout the state at its meeting Friday. The grades have become increasingly important in recent years, being used to determine teacher pay, school funding and the potential for state takeover.

Indiana school at heart of grade-change flap drops to 'F' 12/20/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 20, 2013 10:12pm]

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