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Ex Baltimore County Superintendent Gets Six Months Prison Sentence in Perjury Case

By Denisa R. Superville — April 20, 2018 1 min read
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Dallas Dance, the former Baltimore County superintendent who pleaded guilty to perjury charges last month, was sentenced to six months in prison on Friday, according to the Associated Press.

Dance will also have to serve two years of supervised probation and 700 hours of community service.

Dance failed to report nearly $150,000 he earned in outside income. He also did work for SUPES Academy, the now-defunct Illinois-based company that provided leadership training to school districts, and Synesi Associates. Dance pleaded guilty to four counts of perjury last month.

SUPES Academy’s former co-owners, Gary Solomon and Thomas Vranas, were sentenced to prison last year for their role in a multi-million-dollar kickback scheme involving former Chicago Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

Prosecutors argued in that case that the three conspired to steer contracts to SUPES Academy in exchange for Byrd-Bennett collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks in the future.

Byrd-Bennett is serving a four-and-a-half year prison sentence for her role in the scheme.

While Dance was the superintendent in Baltimore County, SUPES Academy got a $875,000 no-bid contract.

Dance was once heralded as a rising star in education. He was only 30 years old when he got the job to run the 112,000-student district. He was also tapped to serve on former President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, the Associated Press reported.

Dance resigned from the district in April last year.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the District Dossier blog.