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Parents want Middleton teacher's license revoked

By Mary Jo Ola, mola@wisctv.com
Published On: Jan 24 2014 01:01:16 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 25 2014 05:23:54 PM CST

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MIDDLETON, Wis. -

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More than a dozen people stood outside Kromrey Middle School Friday morning with signs calling on the Department of Public Instruction to revoke a teacher's license.

Andrew Harris was a seventh-grade teacher at Glacier Creek Middle School until he was terminated, after being accused of receiving and sharing explicit emails while on the job.

"We were told if we exhausted all legal channels if our school board went through all legal channels to get rid of him and we're still in this predicament that the DPI would look at his license and possibly revoke it," said Kira Dott, a mother at Glacier Creek Middle School.

Recently the State Supreme Court turned down the case, and arbitrators ruled Middleton Cross Plains School District wrongly fired Harris and he should be reinstated.

"Their hands are tied now by the courts so it's up to us parents. We're the last voice that can say we don't want him," Dott said.

It was not just parents at the protest. One man who refused to identify himself but would only say he was also a parent was outside Kromrey taking pictures of the protestors.

News 3 confirmed he is William Haus, an attorney who has represented Harris in this matter. Haus said the situation was poorly handled by the school district, citing the arbitrator's report that notes other faculty members were disciplined in regards to the emails but were treated differently.

"Why are they concerned about the other people that are still in there in the school? Same thing happened, they've been teaching for four years," said Haus, referring to the parents protesting.

Aside from Harris, six other people were disciplined by the district, but none were terminated and two retired.

"Pick on one guy, they've been teaching for four years. I don't see any demonstration about that. I don't understand the disparity," Haus said. 

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