Former Baltimore County school superintendent Dallas Dance is under investigation for his ties to the education company SUPES Academy, the same company that landed former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett in prison.
Investigators with the Maryland State Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation six months ago into Dance’s involvement with SUPES Academy during his time as Baltimore County superintendent, which ended with his abrupt resignation this April, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Dance took training classes with SUPES Academy while he was an administrator in Houston, before landing the Baltimore County superintendent’s job in July 2012. By the end of the year, he had talked the school board into approving an $875,000 no-bid contract with SUPES to train dozens of principals in the district over several years.
The next year, he was busted working for SUPES on the weekends in Chicago, where the company had gotten a $20 million no-bid contract with the help of former Chicago schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, according to the news site.