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Re: Criminal record
...and when it comes to "moral turpitude", the district will provide the definition thereof on the application so that there is no uncertainty.
You are living in Texas? Yes? No? I taught there for years with an old DUI on my record, but I had an advocate within the district and prior successful teaching experience. I was questioned pretty heavily about the incident though. Interestingly, when I moved to my current state I got a job with no questions asked. I mean, I was required to disclose it in the application process, but no one was concerned or asked questions.
Overall, living in a more "liberal" state has its advantages in that there's not so much fear about teachers' having flaws and vices. You might consider moving. There are many things I miss about teaching in Texas but it is a puritan culture, at least in the suburbs and rural areas.
Also: research the meaning of "moral turpitude" in Texas (it varies by state). I remember that my DUI did not constitute a moral turpitude and that's why it was not a hindrance to my hiring. Doesn't mean you might be overlooked because of a past record, but unless the crime falls into a specific category of crimes that constitute a moral turpitude, there is no legal hindrance to being hired.
Is it hard to get a band teacher job with a record? What about lesser crimes and misdemeanors? What if it was years in the past? And you have a outstanding resume.