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Teachers who lose job over ‘immoral conduct’ often keep license in Wisconsin

Since taking over as leader of the state Department of Public Instruction in 2009, Tony Evers has allowed at least 13 teachers and principals to keep their Wisconsin teaching licenses after those employees lost their jobs due to “immoral conduct.”

At least three of those educators still work in public schools.

School district investigations into these employees found “immoral conduct” including sexual harassment, tampering with standardized tests, stealing private student data and having inappropriate relationships with children.

DPI has completed just 25 license reviews referred by school districts since 2009, according to records obtained exclusively by Wisconsin Reporter through an open records request. It’s unclear how many additional cases are now under investigation because DPI refuses to turn over those records to Wisconsin Reporter.

DPI ignored multiple interview requests from Wisconsin Reporter.

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