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UPDATE: Walker upset porn-viewing teacher keeping license

 
Posted Thursday, April 17th 2014 @ 3pm

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Gov. Scott Walker disagrees with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's decision not to revoke the license of a teacher who viewed pornographic emails at work.

 

 

 

Andrew Harris was fired in 2010 from his job as a teacher at a Middleton middle school after being accused of receiving and sharing explicit emails while on the job.

 

 

 

Arbitrators ruled the school district wrongly fired Harris and he returned to the classroom in January.

 

 

 

The DPI sent a letter Thursday saying that while Harris's conduct was ``highly inappropriate,'' it does not meet the legal definition of immoral conduct as the law stood at the time.

 

 

 

Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick says the governor believes DPI does have the legal authority to revoke his license and it should do that.

 

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According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Middleton teacher Andrew Harris will be allowed to keep his teaching license.

The school board voted to fire Harris from Glacier Creek Middle School in 2010 after he and other teachers looked at sexually explicit images at school.

Arbitrators ruled the school district wrongly fired Harris. He returned to teach science at Kromrey Middle School this year.

In a letter the DPI said that while Harris's conduct was "highly inappropriate," it does not meet the legal definition of immoral conduct as the law stood at the time.

The law defining immoral conduct was changed in 2011, which was after the conduct occurred.

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