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Former BCPS Superintendent Dallas Dance Pleads Guilty To Perjury

Former BCPS Superintendent Dallas Dance Pleads Guilty To Perjury

 

Former Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Shaun Dallas Dance pleaded guilty Thursday to multiple counts of perjury. The charges were brought against Dance in January related to financial disclosure statements submitted to the school system.

In the statements, Dance said he had not received pay other than from the school system; however, he owned a consulting company and received thousands of dollars from companies that did business with Baltimore County Public Schools.

The financial disclosure statements in question were submitted to Baltimore County Public Schools related to his income in 2012, 2013 and 2015, according to the Office of the State Prosecutor.

Dance pleaded guilty to all charges Thursday morning in Baltimore County Circuit Court, the Office of the State Prosecutor reported.

The current superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, whose financial disclosure forms have also been under scrutiny, said that she was “saddened” by Thursday’s events.

“We are saddened by the news but trust the judicial process,” Baltimore County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Verletta White said in a statement Thursday afternoon. “Now, we must stay focused on our students, our school system, and the important work of teaching and learning that takes place in classrooms every day. Our 113,000 students, 21,000 employees, and the Baltimore County Public Schools community deserve no less.”

In Dance’s case, prosecutors plan to recommend a five-year sentence with all but a year and a half suspended, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Dance was indicted on four counts of perjury related to the disclosure statements:

  • In 2012, despite saying he had no income other than from BCPS, he earned $500 from SUPES Academy LLC and $13,500 from Synesi. Both are education services companies based in Illinois whose owners have been convicted of bribery, promising kickbacks to superintendents in exchange for no-bid contracts.
  • In 2013, despite saying he earned no income from Deliberate Excellence Consulting, which he owned, Dance was paid almost $72,000 for services rendered to the City of Providence Public Schools, Synesi and Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga Board of Cooperative Education Services, according to the Office of the State Prosecutor. Dance allegedly filed an addendum in August 2016 swearing that he did not earn any income from Deliberate Excellence Consulting in 2013.
  • In 2015, Dance said he did not own any businesses on his financial disclosure form yet he allegedly continued to own Deliberate Excellence Consulting and said his income came solely from Baltimore County and “DEC LLC,” according to the state prosecutor. He also allegedly received $12,000 from other entities, despite reporting on his 2015 financial disclosure statement, which he filed in April 2016.
  • He allegedly earned $47,000 from Deliberate Excellence Consulting in 2015 despite stating his income was from BCPS alone, in a statement filed under oath in August 2016.

Dance came to Baltimore County in July 2012 after serving in leadership roles in Texas and Virginia. After working for Baltimore County for less than five years, he announced in April 2017 that he would be retiring to “transition to another chapter of my career where I will specifically use my passion for equity and access to a quality education to ensure it is provided to all students through school, district, and community leadership.”

Since 2017, Dance has been operating The DDance Group, an educational consulting firm based in Glen Allen, Virginia. According to WTVR in Virginia, he also worked in a consulting position in 2017 to assist the interim superintendent for Richmond Public Schools, for which he received $25,000 in two months, a stint that led to discussion of the school board, which was unaware, having more oversight over contracts.

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