The Maryland State School superintendent has declined to approve Verletta White to be the next permanent Baltimore County school superintendent.

The Baltimore County school board voted last month to make Verletta White the school system's permanent superintendent. But on Wednesday, State Superintendent Karen Salmon declined to approve White's appointment, saying White's ethics review panel's findings are cause for "concern."

Here's what you need to know about White:


White was appointed as the interim superintendent, taking over after Dallas Dance resigned.

In January, a Baltimore County grand jury indicted Dance on four counts of perjury for not reporting nearly $147,000 in pay, beginning in 2012, including $90,000 in one year from a company that had a contract with the school system. Last month, Dance was sentenced to six months in jail.

In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, Verletta White said that superintendent Karen Salmon had told her the ethics review panel’s findings are cause for “concern.”

Like Dance, White improperly reported income — but she has not been charged with a crime. She has admitted she failed to report about $12,000 in consulting income — mostly from the Education Research & Development Institute, a company that represents education technology companies — from 2012 to 2016 in her previous role as the school system's chief academic officer under Dance.

In February, the school board found that she violated ethics rules due to her work with ERDI, but voted not to take any action against her.

White has said she "made an honest mistake." She was "under the impression that I was to only list companies with whom the school system had a contract or a pending contract." The difference between her case and Dance's, legal experts say, is intent.

White was voted to be the permanent superintendent despite ethical lapses and concerns that she was too closely linked to Dance.

She has had many active supporters who urged the school board to give her the job on a permanent basis, including County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

White attended Woodmoor Elementary School, Woodlawn Middle School and graduated from Woodlawn High School. She graduated from Towson University in 1992, then became a teacher and later a school principal.

She rose through the ranks quickly under former Baltimore County superintendent Joe Hairston, holding a variety of administrative jobs before being named assistant superintendent of schools in 2009.

In May, she was unanimously appointed interim schools superintendent for Baltimore County after Dance announced his resignation last April.

White has been the interim superintendent for the past nine months, during which the school board’s ethics panel determined she had previously violated ethics rules as a schools employee. The eight-to-four vote came after fierce debate by a deeply divided school board.

"Ms. White is a steady, calm and strong advocate. I am honored to lead a school under her leadership," Hope Baier, principal of Fort Garrison Elementary School, said previously. She was among 11 principals, two elected officials, a community association leader and others who signed up to speak on White's behalf before the school board last year.

A number of former administrators and principals who worked closely with White say her quiet, understated style contrasts starkly with that of Dance, a charismatic leader who critics charged jumped into change too quickly.

She holds a master's degree in leadership in teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University and is currently a doctoral candidate at Morgan State University.

White lives in northern Baltimore County. She has two children who attend county public schools.