Senator West, Councilman Marks: Change law to enforce more oversight of schools

The following op-ed was submitted by Senator Chris West and Councilman David Marks, who represent northeastern Baltimore County. This month, instruction for Baltimore County Public Schools’ system was disrupted by a ransomware attack, the costs of which are still not known. We would like to thank the personnel who are working to correct the problem, as well as educators, students […]

S. Dallas Dance sentenced to six months in jail

State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced on Friday morning that S. Dallas Dance, former superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, had been sentenced after pleading guilty in March to four counts of perjury arising from false filings of his Financial Disclosure Statements for 2012, 2013, and 2015. Judge Kathleen G. Cox imposed a sentence of 5 years, and  suspended all […]

Former BCPS Superintendent Dallas Dance pleads guilty to perjury charges

State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced on Thursday that Shaun Dallas Dance, former Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County to four counts of perjury. The perjury charges stem from false filings of his Financial Disclosure Statements for 2012, 2013, and 2015. The charges allege that from July through December, 2012, Dance […]

Dallas Dance trial set for early March

The perjury trial for former Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance has been set for early March. An arraignment that had been scheduled for Monday was cancelled, according to online documents. Dr. Dance will instead go to trial for charges stemming from January’s indictment on four counts of perjury. Dr. Dance allegedly lied on financial disclosures that […]

Baltimore County Council requests audit of Baltimore County Public Schools

In the wake of recent revelations, the Baltimore County Council is taking matters into their own hands. On Wednesday, Baltimore County Council Chairman Julian E. Jones Jr. released a letter addressed to the Maryland General Assembly. In the letter, the Baltimore County Council requests that the State Legislative Auditor conduct an independent audit of the Baltimore County Public Schools’ no-bid […]

Councilman David Marks’ statement on Dallas Dance indictments and need for independent audit

by Councilman David Marks For much of the past week, I have focused on the situation at Perry Hall High School. I do want to comment on recent developments regarding former School Superintendent S. Dallas Dance and the need for greater accountability within the Baltimore County Public School system. As I said in November, disclosure is at the core of […]

Former BCPS Superintendent Dallas Dance indicted on perjury charges

UPDATE: Interim Superintendent Verletta White has released the following statement: “We are surprised and saddened to hear about the charges against former superintendent Dallas Dance. It is important to note, there are no accusations of wrongdoing by the current administration or me. I have full confidence in the integrity of our staff and organization as a whole. We will stay […]