'The Republican claim is correct'

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Politifact checked on the claim by the Republican Party of Wisconsin that State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers could have taken away the teacher's license of Andy Harris, a teacher in the Middleton School District, who received pornographic emails and then shared them with co-workers.

The school district attempted to fire Harris. However, the appeals court sided with Harris because other employees got away with lesser punishments for looking at pornography at work.

Evers claimed he didn't have the authority to take away Harris' license. Politifact sided with Evers and rated the Republican claim "mostly false."

The fact is, Evers never even tried to take away the teacher's license. We'll never know for sure what would have happened if Evers did, so there is no way Politifact can say definitively whether the Republican claim is false.

By distributing the porn, Harris was disrupting the educational environment for students. Doesn't this show harm to the students? Evers could have fired Harris on these grounds. But Evers didn't even try.

Evers will try to use this misleading Politifact column to try to claim innocence, but the Republican claim is correct. Evers is guilty of not trying to take away Harris' license. Evers let down the parents, students and the administrators of the Middleton School District. That's a fact.

Tony Evers has a history of acting in his own self-interest, not the best interests of students or taxpayers.

Mike Hanus

Milton

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