Dance Released From Jail, Apologizes
Fomer Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance was released from jail Monday after serving four months for perjury.
In a series of tweets Monday morning, Dance apologized. Dance said he is ready to begin a new chapter in the book of life.
Dance said, “I wish to deeply and sincerely apologize to any persons whom my past actions may have impacted.”
Dance continued, “To the hundreds of thousands of students and people I have impacted and will continue to impact through leadership, service, and acts of kindness, I apologize the most but I ask that you use me to recognize that humility, grace, and acceptance of responsibility are key ingredients to living your best life. We all fall down, but what sets us apart are the greater works we do upon getting up.”
Board member Ann Miller was a frequent critic of Dance while he was superintendent. She said the apology is a good first step.
Miller added, "There are going to be ramifications for the system I think for years to come."
In March, Dance pleaded guilty to four counts of perjury. He did not disclose $147,000 in outside consulting income he made while superintendent. One of those firms that hired him had a contract with the county school system.
An audit of the county school system's contracts is under way.
Abby Beytin, president of TABCO, The Teachers Association of Baltimore County said she doesn’t know if Dance understands the damage that he did.
“The worst of what he did was to the students,” Beytin said. “They really thought he was so wonderful and for him to do what he did and lie about it for all those years."
Dance served his time in Henrico County near Richmond, Virginia. After resigning as school superintendent, Dance moved to the Richmond area, where he has family.