Will Wisconsin superintendent Tony Evers block the return of the porno teacher?

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MIDDLETON, Wis. – Things are getting ugly for Wisconsin state superintendent Tony Evers.

andrew-harrisEvers, the teachers union’s pet politician, is in a jam because public pressure is mounting for his Department of Public Instruction to rule on an appeal from the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District to revoke the license of teacher Andrew Harris.

Harris was busted looking at and sharing porn at school in 2010 and has been fighting his termination with the effective help of his teachers union, the Middleton Education Association, an affiliate of the statewide Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC).

WEAC spent heavily to elect Evers as its chosen superintendent, and he’s been very effective at doing the union’s bidding.

Now, with WEAC’s help, an arbitrator awarded Harris $200,000 in back pay and his job back, forcing school officials to put him at the head of a science class in a different school. Of course, parents are livid. They plan to protect Kromrey Middle School today as Harris reports back to work.

“The district has received dozens of emails and phone calls from upset parents, who have all been told the district’s hands are tied,” the Wisconsin Reporter published.

“They’re mad at the legal system, they’re mad at Andrew Harris, they’re mad at the union. They’re probably mad at us,” Perry Hibner, the district’s communications director, told the news site.

Hibner said the teachers union has made it clear it would likely sue the district if Harris isn’t returned to his full previous teaching capacity, and school officials have no logistical way to accommodate all of the parents that want their child out of Harris’ class.

“The challenge for us is the whole threat of a suit. We fear anything we do will be held against us,” Hibner said. “Our teachers union and their attorney have shown they are willing to sue us any chance they can get.”

There is one person who can fix this injustice: Evers.

The school district appealed to the Department of Public Instruction to revoke Harris’ teaching license, which would get him out of the classroom, but nearly four years after the request was made the case remains “under investigation.”

Wisconsin Reporter pressed DPI officials for the reasons why the case has dragged on for so long, and was met with a bunch of bureaucratic, politically correct mumbo jumbo from DPI spokesman Patrick Gasper.

Hibner highlighted the fact that “the case is a hot-button issue, one that places DPI Superintendent Tony Evers, enthusiastically backed by the state’s teachers unions, in a difficult position,” according to the Wisconsin Reporter.

He also said district officials are worried that if they redirect parents’ anger to where it belongs – on DPI officials who won’t settle the case – the district could face legal action from DPI.

“Our legal team said if we give the impression that we’re telling parents to reach out to DPI, that spurs the possibility of a hostile work environment lawsuit,” Hibner said.

Essentially, Middleton-Cross Plains school administrators and parents are totally screwed, and the only person who can do anything about it is sitting on his hands, likely because of his political alliance to WEAC.

“The perception is they are pro-teacher, when they really ought to be pro-education,” Hibner said. “They ought to rule and stand on their own principles. If they feel (Harris) should keep his license they ought to come out and say that. Let the public decide if those are good enough reasons.”

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