Advantage Academy of Hillsborough

“Plant City charter school principal with multiple DUIs steps down.” The Tampa Tribune (FL), 10/18/2012

TAMPA -- A charter school principal with a history of drunken driving arrests has resigned, and the operators of the school will change a key part of their hiring process in the wake of a Tampa Tribune investigation.

Todd Haughey resigned his job at Advantage Academy of Hillsborough after it was learned he had four DUI convictions in Indiana and Ohio between 1987 and 2002.

Those legal problems were discovered by the Tribune after the 44-year-old's arrest this month in St. Petersburg on a drunken driving charge.

... The board and Charter School Associates, operator of the school, say they were unaware of the incidents until a reporter inquired about them...

From now on, the operator of the charter school will change the forms it gives prospective employees to fill out. Charter schools are privately run but publicly funded.

Current forms ask applicants if they have been convicted of a crime in the past seven years. People applying for a job in the Hillsborough County School District, meanwhile, are asked if they have ever been convicted of a crime...

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