TUSD teacher fired for moonlighting in another school district

2013-12-13T16:05:00Z TUSD teacher fired for moonlighting in another school districtAlexis Huicochea Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A TUSD teacher who claimed to need time off to care for a sick relative was fired after officials learned he was actually teaching in another school district. 

The Tucson Unified School District Governing Board approved sending a notice of intent to terminate to Angel G. Vidal, a teacher at Roskruge Middle Magnet School, Tuesday. 

According to a statement of charges, on July 22, Vidal initiated a request for family medical leave for the entire school year to care for his ill mother, saying he would "provide daily living assistance" and to give his sister some "much needed rest." 

He began his leave on July 29 and used personal and sick leave balances until Nov. 1, allowing him to receive regular pay checks during that time. 

On Oct. 11, TUSD's Human Resources department became aware that Vidal was under contract with the Douglas Unified School District and was actively teaching. He began working for Douglas on July 30 — just eight days after he initiated his request for time off. 

Vidal was given an opportunity to resign in October, but apparently did not accept the offer given the Governing Board's action on Tuesday. 

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea​

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