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Gov. Walker wants revocation hearing for Middleton teacher

Gov. Walker wants revocation hearing for Middleton teacher

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Gov. Scott Walker is asking Wisconsin state Superintendent Tony Evers to start proceedings to revoke the license of an embattled teacher in the Middleton-Cross Plains School District.

In a letter sent Tuesday, Walker said it appears the behavior of Andrew Harris meets the definition of immoral conduct cited in state statutes.

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Harris was a seventh-grade teacher at Glacier Creek Middle School until he was terminated in 2010 after being accused of receiving and sharing explicit emails while on the job. Arbitrators ruled the school district wrongly fired Harris and he should be reinstated. He returned to the classroom last week.

MMSD, UW cancel classes; Parents react to Monday classes

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Madison Metropolitan School District will be closed Tuesday, but students went to school Monday as students in districts throughout southern Wisconsin stayed home because of extreme cold and blowing snow.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison officials have also canceled classes that start before noon on Tuesday. The campus will remain open and all classes that start at noon or later will be held.

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The decision to close Madison schools on Tuesday was made before noon on Monday.

Students in Middleton teacher's class offered study hall

Students of a Middleton school teacher who viewed pornography at work are being allowed to transfer to a study hall if they are uncomfortable in his class.

Andrew Harris was fired from Glacier Creek Middle School in 2010 after he and other teachers looked at sexually explicit images at school.

The school board had pursued an appeal of an arbitrator's 2012 ruling that Harris had been unfairly terminated when compared with punishments handed down to other teachers. The state Supreme Court said recently it would not hear the case, prompting the district to comply with the arbitrator's ruling to reinstate Harris.

He returns Monday to teach seventh-grade science at Kromrey Middle School, according to the State Journal.

There will also be a second staff member with Harris for at least two weeks to ease parents' concerns, said Middleton-Cross Plains School District spokesman Perry Hibner.

Parents want Middleton teacher's license revoked

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More than a dozen people stood outside Kromrey Middle School Friday morning with signs calling on the Department of Public Instruction to revoke a teacher's license.

Andrew Harris was a seventh-grade teacher at Glacier Creek Middle School until he was terminated, after being accused of receiving and sharing explicit emails while on the job.

"We were told if we exhausted all legal channels if our school board went through all legal channels to get rid of him and we're still in this predicament that the DPI would look at his license and possibly revoke it," said Kira Dott, a mother at Glacier Creek Middle School.

Recently the State Supreme Court turned down the case, and arbitrators ruled Middleton Cross Plains School District wrongly fired Harris and he should be reinstated.

Long cold winter heats up area travel agent business

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They don't need a thermometer or snow gauge at Middleton Travel to know what kind of winter we've been having. They can tell you based on the number of times the phone has been ringing.

"It has been (an) average of 20 calls at least per hour," said Kristi McCarthy of Middleton Travel.

The calls started coming shortly after the holidays ended and as frigid cold temperatures and snows started falling, the frequency of those calls have risen.

"People have been frustrated with our bitter cold temps that we've had this winter, so they're looking to take a cruise or pretty much any place south that they can escape the cold," McCarthy said.

She said some customers who had vacation trips planned for later this year have called looking for an additional excursion to a warm weather destination to take sooner rather than later.

Schools brace for more closings next week

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With forecasts well below zero in the coming week, school districts are bracing for more closings.

Sun Prairie Assistant Superintendent Alice Murphy is in charge of counting the days, hours, and even minutes when kids are in class.�

?If it seems as though we're being a little bit strict about five minutes here and add five minutes there, it's with good reason,? Murphy said.

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requires that students have at least 175 scheduled days of instruction.� There are also mandates for the number of classroom hours grade levels must have.

District holds listening session on academic integrity

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Middleton High School has a new policy in place for students during finals week after district officials made changes amidst cheating allegations.

Parents had the chance to attend a listening session Wednesday night at Middleton High School to learn more about recent academic integrity issues.

Last month, 250 students had to retake an Advanced Placement math test because a few allegedly cheated on tests using their cellphones.

District officials said it?s been a wake-up call, and they now have a new policy in place. On test days, students have to put their cellphones in a basket and will get them back when everyone has turned in their tests.

District officials said most teachers already have policies like this, but now the rule is official.