Baltimore County schools Superintendent Dallas Dance was named this week to the federal Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans by President Barack Obama.
The commission was created in 2012 and is tasked with identifying ways to increase the number of black teachers and administrators, boosting their college enrollment and graduation rates, and investing in early childhood education programs.
The commission is chaired by University of Maryland, Baltimore County President Freeman A. Hrabowski III. Other members include Gwendolyn E. Boyd, president of Alabama State University; Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, executive director and chief executive officer of the National Black Justice Coalition; and Michael L. Lomax, president and chief executive officer of the United Negro College Fund.
In a statement, Dance said the recognition was a result of the Baltimore County school system's efforts to address the needs of black students.