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    From what I've seen in my area (Central CA), most applications will have you state any convictions (misdemeanor or felony). I faced this myself when I first started teaching 7 years ago. I was arrested in the early 90s for political protests and was charged with a misdemeanor. Along with my application, I had to attach an explanation of my conviction charges. Fortunately, I had no problem being hired, although I did have a principal ask me for more information about my arrest.

    I think the main concern that school districts have regarding arrests and/or convictions is that the applicant may be involved with an offense against children.

    I know of a teacher who had a drug conviction charge, but her statement (also addressed in her interview) that she was a changed person convinced the interview panel that she did not pose a threat to children.

    In your situation, I would certainly put some thought into writing up a statement to show that you have been rehabilitated.


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