Corruption trial in Baltimore
Today’s educators don’t take their jobs too seriously. And why should they, when they have strong unions who care only about union membership and little about America’s children.
Case in point, the former Baltimore County school Superintendent Dallas Dance. His solid six-figure salary wasn’t enough, and neither was his job. While on the payroll of the school district, Dance decided to feather his nest.
According to the Baltimore Sun,
[Dance] pleaded guilty Thursday to four counts of perjury for failing to disclose nearly $147,000 he earned from consulting jobs — including payments from a company he helped win a no-bid contract with the school system.
Prosecutors recommended a sentence of five years and want Dance to serve 18 months in jail. A sentencing hearing was scheduled for April 20, Dance’s 38th birthday.
Afterward, Dance quickly left the Baltimore County courtroom. His lead attorney said Dance would have no comment.
Maryland State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt read a statement of facts that laid out in detail the ways Dance repeatedly deceived the school board and manipulated the purchasing process to award a contract to a company that was paying him.
School system officials expressed disappointment and sadness at the revelations.
“I guess he had us all fooled,” said Lawrence E. Schmidt, who as school board chairman from 2011 to 2014 signed Dance’s first contract in 2012. “If someone is going to lie to your face, and lie on documents, it is very difficult to monitor that. He has brought dishonor not only on himself but on the public schools”
Dance — wearing a dark suit and seated between his two lawyers — followed along with his copy of the statement as Davitt read and later stood to tell Baltimore County Circuit Judge Kathleen Cox that he admitted to the damaging timeline.
According to the article, it took almost no time for Dance to begin his corrupt enterprise.
His criminal actions began shortly after he was hired as superintendent in July 2012, when he began negotiating for consulting work with executives of Chicago-based SUPES Academy. At the same time, he began to devise a plan to award a contract to the company, which had trained him in its aspiring-superintendents program a year before he was hired by Baltimore County.
He told SUPES executives that he needed to make more money because of his divorce.
“Keep me as busy as you can,” Dance told one SUPES official, Davitt said.
Dance vowed to a SUPES official that he would fire a Baltimore County school system employee if necessary to get a no-bid contract for SUPES, which the school board approved in December 2012. The company had begun paying Dance $90,000 as a consultant the month before.
This agreement was meant to remain hidden from public scrutiny. However, the media found out.
According to the article, that when Dance decided to do his dance:
After his consulting deal with the school contractor became public in media reports, Dance lied to ethics officials about the payments and begged SUPES officials not to provide documents about the job to the school system, Davitt said.
Dance told SUPES executives not to worry because the ethics panel has no subpoena power. He also said that if the company turned over any documents he “might as well kill himself,” the statement of facts said.
He provided false documents to the school system that showed any income he had earned was going to the school system’s education foundation. It was not, Davitt said.
Dance has been described as “Young, hip and charismatic”, a ‘hero’ to many when he led Baltimore County schools. Instead he has been charged with four counts of perjury, a criminal misdemeanor, for falsely stating on financial disclosure forms that he earned no money from his consulting company in 2012, 2013 and 2015.
Keep in mind that Dance earned $287,000 annually from his job as superintendent in Baltimore County, the nation’s 25th largest school system. Amazingly, the school board renewed his contract for four years in 2016. Nevertheless, last April, Dance abruptly resigned the $287,000-a-year job, citing the toll of the job on his family. It later emerged that the state prosecutor was investigating him.
An investigation by the state prosecutor’s office that began more than a year ago led to his indictment. Prosecutors say Dance was paid $146,697 as a consultant for two companies, four school districts and four educational nonprofits.
Dance agreed provided new detail about his dealings with SUPES Academy, a now-defunct company that trained school administrators around the country on how to become better superintendents. Oh, the irony.
SEE will provide a more formal expose on SUPES, as they represent a part of the scheme of the social justice movement to monopolize training.