LAS VEGAS – Nevada’s statewide teachers union and the Clark County Education Association that represents Las Vegas teachers are pointing fingers at each other over a grievance case for a member fired for watching porn in class.

Last week an arbitrators upheld the Clark County School District’s decision to fire Northwest Career and Technical Academy teacher Daryl Slade, who was busted by students watching porn on a school computer in September, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

“The facts of the case appeared clear to us, which is why we pursued termination,” district spokeswoman Kristen Searer said. “The Clark County Education Association chose to appeal to arbitration, which cost their union members and our school district thousands of dollars. We are glad to have prevailed in this case.”

Slade has vowed to fight the arbitrator’s decision.

CCSD officials are standing firm.

“We can’t have people like that in our classrooms,” superintendent Pat Skorkowsky said.

Most rational people would agree, and the situation looks really bad for the unions representing Slade.

The case is especially relevant because of recent high-profile cases of educators sexually abusing students in Las Vegas, and elsewhere. In June, Las Vegas kindergarten teacher Melvyn Sprowson was convicted of four counts of unlawful use of a minor in the production of pornography and a count each of first degree kidnapping and child abuse over his relationship with a 16-year-old girl, EAGnews reports.

The problem was recently addressed by Nevada lawmakers by strengthening the screening process for teachers and other school employees, volunteers and contractors. Part of the legislation also addressed union-negotiated agreements that have allowed accused pedophile teachers to resign from one school with a letter of recommendation to land a job in another, where many have repeated their heinous behavior.

One recent case also revealed a union contract provision that required school officials to scrub any reference of child sex abuse accusations from teachers’ personnel files if they weren’t proven in a court of law, said Tammi Miller, president and founder of the Las Vegas-based S.E.S.A.M.E. – Stop Educator Sexual Misconduct and Exploitation.

Now, the Clark County Education Association and the Nevada State Education Association are arguing publicly about why they are fighting to get Slade his job back.

The Review-Journal reports:

Michelle Kim, an attorney for the Clark County Education Association, said that the Nevada State Education Association handles dismissal cases such as this one. Though the local union may be listed as representing the teacher in arbitration documents, she said, the state organization decides whether to take on such cases and funds the representation.

“To take on a case like that, it makes arbitrators think this is what CCEA’s about,” Kim said. “And NSEA doesn’t have to worry about that.”

But Brian Lee, executive director of the Nevada State Education Association, said the organization didn’t handle the case. Although the group pays part of the attorney costs, the decision on whether to pursue the case to arbitration came from the local union, he said.