State Delegate Pat McDonough, current Baltimore County Executive candidate, sent The Baltimore Post a statement regarding the indictment of former BCPS Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance.
Mr. McDonough had requested on numerous occasions that state authorities investigate some of the issues involving BCPS. In an article featured in the Post, dated June 6, 2017, McDonough requested MD’s AG Office to investigate school violence within the BCPS.
The Baltimore Post also devoted numerous columns to the SUPES scandal, including the sentencing of a former SUPES official who was sentenced to a prison term.
Another request from Mr. McDonough, which dated back to 2014 when he was then delegate of the 6th district, dealt with the BCPS board; it was featured in an article from the Baltimore Sun:
In addition, the board amended Dance’s contract to prohibit him from taking consulting jobs after he was found in violation of the ethics policy. McDonough had filed an ethics complaint after Dance took a job with a company that was doing business with the school system.
It should be noted that members of the original SUPES Academy, are now serving prison sentences in Chicago as a result of criminal investigations conducted in that city.
The Sun points out that there have been quite a few calls for investigation into BCPS. In our view, the indictment of Dr. Dance is not the end of the story; rather, it is possibly just the beginning. There are numerous factors that could lead to additional inquiries.
Below is the statement provided to The Baltimore Post by Mr. McDonough:
I’m grateful that the leadership I displayed regarding the concerns about Dallas Dance going as far back to 2014, has proven to be correct at the time when everyone was singing the praises of Superintendent Dr.Dance. I expressed serious concerns about his policies and methods almost 4 years ago. I filed an ethics charge regarding his relationship to an outside company (SUPES Academy) and providing special access to Baltimore county’s educational system. I won that case when no one else would step forward and challenge Dance. Now that same ethics case is part of the indictments against Dallas Dance, once again justifying my original concerns. I hope the next time I express that something may be wrong in the education system other leaders and elected officials will pay attention.