Pence Stands by 'A-F' School Grading System Created by kblakeslee on 7/31/2013 4:53:14 PM
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) _ Gov. Mike Pence is standing by Indiana's system of assigning ``A-F'' grades to schools based on their performance despite reports that former schools chief Tony Bennett oversaw efforts to ensure a top GOP donor's school received an ``A.''
Pence told The Journal Gazette that the system is ``an essential part'' of accountability measures designed to improve education in Indiana. But he said the public must have confidence that the system is ``fair and impartial.''
The Associated Press reported Monday that Bennett and his staff scrambled last fall to change the grading formula so Christel House Academy received an ``A.'' Its initial score was a ``C.''
School founder Christel DeHaan has donated $2.8 million to Republicans since 1998.
Bennett denies the change was directed solely at Christel House.