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Walker administration unhappy with DPI decision over Middleton teacher

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker continues to disagree with the decision to keep Middleton middle school teacher Andrew Harris in the classroom.  

State education officials refused this week to revoke Harris' teaching license, after he was fired in 2010 for receiving and sharing explicit e-mails at school.

An arbitrator ruled that the Middleton-Cross Plains district was wrong to fire Harris. He was reinstated in January after the State Supreme Court refused to consider overturning the arbitrator's decision.

Thursday, the DPI said Harris's online conduct was highly inappropriate -- but it did not approach what was legally considered to be immoral conduct at the time.  

Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said the Republican governor still believes the DPI has the authority to revoke Harris' license, and it should do it.  

Back in January, Walker said the case justified the need for his 2011 clampdown on public union bargaining.

Media reports said he spoke out after one of his aides -- a parent of a youngster at Harris' school -- asked Walker to seek the teachers' license revocation.

The governor's office said at the time that the aide's concerns were not why Walker asked the DPI to take action.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)