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Fed appeals court upholds Wis. teacher firing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a Wisconsin school board’s decision to fire a teacher who viewed pornography on his work computer for about a minute on a weekend.

The Cedarburg School Board fired science teacher Robert Zellner in 2006. Zellner maintains he was really fired because he was a strong member of the local teachers union.

State courts have found the firing was justified and last year a federal judge dismissed Zellner’s case.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that even though the union and school district didn’t get along, Zellner clearly accessed pornography in knowing violation of district policy and his union retaliation claim is conjecture.

Zellner’s attorney didn’t immediately return a message.

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