DPI : Teacher Who Shared Porn in 7th Grade Classroom Keeps Teaching License

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Kristan T. Harris | The Rundown Live

andrew-harrisWisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction(DPI) has decided that actions by a teacher who distributed pornographic and other sexually explicit materials in a 7th grade classroom were highly inappropriate,” but not cause for the educator to lose his license“.

The investigation began 4 years ago when teacher Andrew Harris was fired in 2010 after another teacher filed a complaint that alleged Harris showed her pornographic images at Glacier Creek Middle School in Cross Plains, Wisconsin.

The district has spent almost 1 million taxpayer dollars trying to strip Harris of his teaching license.

In the letter below from Tony Evers, Wisconsin State Superintendent states “..(T)here is no probable cause that Andrew Harris violated the 2008-09 law, and the Department cannot pursue a revocation of Andrew Harris’s license at this time.”

This suggests the DPI cannot take away Harris’ license because his “highly inappropriate” activity in his seventh-grade classroom occurred before the Legislature amended the definition of “immoral conduct” to include “the intentional use of an educational agency’s equipment to download, view, solicit, seek, display, or distribute pornographic material.”

Gov. Scott Walker asked the DPI to revoke Harris’ teaching license in February after the Supreme Court had refused to hear the case.

In January it came out that Andrew Harris is not the only teacher who was using school time to view and share porn. The investigation also uncovered additional educational teachers who participated in similar practices on taxpayer money. Harris will be issued $200,000 in back pay following this verdict.

Harris, who previously worked as a seventh grade science teacher at Glacier Creek Middle School was re-assigned to a new post this year at Kromrey Middle School in Middleton, Wisconsin. His first day teaching students was January 27th.

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