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GOP donor says school didn't ask for grade change

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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 special treatment.

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.