November 27, 2014

Porn-viewing teacher may be reinstated

A teacher fired for viewing pornography while at work will be offered his job back by the Middleton-Cross Plains School District. The district’s board voted Monday to comply with an arbitrator’s order to reinstate Andrew Harris, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

The board declined to release any details of the reinstatement plan for Harris, who was a teacher at Glacier Creek Middle School until his 2010 dismissal, until after a Tuesday meeting where the district will present the plan to the Middleton Education Association, the teachers’ union. A district spokesman said he expects the union’s representatives will relay the plan to Harris. He said the board was unsure whether Harris planned to return to work for the district.

The board’s vote came after the Wisconsin Supreme Court declined last week to take up the board’s appeal of an arbitrator’s 2010 ruling to reinstate Harris. Subsequent court decisions upheld the arbitrator’s ruling.