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Teacher fired for downloading porn at school returns to classroom Monday

MIDDLETON, WI (WTAQ) - A southern Wisconsin teacher who was fired for downloading sexually explicit material at school will return to the classroom next Monday.  

Officials in the Middleton-Cross Plains district say Andrew Harris will attend a professional development session on Friday. On Monday, he'll start teaching 7th-grade science at Kromrey Middle School -- the same subject and grade level as before, but in a different building.  

Harris was let go in 2010, but an arbitrator later ruled that Harris should have only been suspended for two weeks. The School Board appealed, and the State Supreme Court said last week it would not consider overturning the arbitrator's decision.  

Harris will get around $200,000 in back pay. That, plus legal fees, caused the Middleton-Cross Plains district to spend close to a million dollars on the case.  

The School Board endorsed the reinstatement plan on Monday night. It was given to the teachers' union Tuesday, and Superintendent Don Johnson said Harris accepted the terms.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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