david cohen wrote: So far, Tony Evers has been silent.
That is probably a prudent course at the moment. I would hope he's getting legal advice, since the legal grounds for revoking his teaching license rests on a law that was passed in 2011. And the offense in question occurred in 2010. It seems that applying the law retroactively might spur more litigation.
Like this situation needs more of that!
The change in law in 2011 was a clarification to the existing law that stated that school boards must report to the DPI, any teacher who was terminated “based in whole or in part on evidence that the person engaged in immoral conduct.” The 2011 clarification only changed that law to make it clear that using a school computer to view porn falls within that definition and is it actually irrelevant to Mr. Harris's situation.
Mr. Harris was terminated in 2010 and the school board at that time (under the existing rules) determined his termination was partially or on the whole due to immoral conduct. Based on that they were required to report him to the DPI for review of his teaching licence.
So basically the change to the law in 2011, was never applied to Mr. Harris's case in the first place and his lawyer is either an idiot for bringing it up, or was just blowing smoke to try and cloud the issue.
What would seem to be a valid point, is that since being reported to the DPI was dependent on Mr. Harris being terminated and his termination has been ruled invalid, the referral could be invalid as well.