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Balt. Co.'s 'shocking' failure to supervise

"Round up the usual suspects," a line used by Captain Louis Renaut (Claude Rains) in the film classic, “Casablanca,” is appropriate for Baltimore County Public Schools and the indictment of the former school superintendent, Dallas Dance ("Dance’s breach of trust,” Jan. 23).

Let's begin with Edward J. Gillis, chair of the school board who defended criticisms of the 36-year-old leader while continually praising him. Next is Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz who, in defending Superintendent Dance, said before the indictment that he was pleased with the county schools’ progress under the superintendent's leadership. Let's add nine more suspects: the members of the school board who voted to renew Mr. Dance's contract for another four years (Ann Miller and Kathleen Causey were the only members who voted against it).

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Let's not forget Abbey Beyton, the wishy-washy head of Teachers Association of Baltimore County, whose astute assessment of the indictment was: "We have never had anything like this in Baltimore County." It didn't take a brain surgeon to figure out the ongoing shenanigans propagated by the "charismatic" young leader. Red flags were flying for a long time, but for some reason the ostrich theory prevailed — stick your head in the sand and everything will go away. Now it's all back, and the teachers and citizens (and yes, the suspects) of Baltimore County will just have to sit back and see what happens “as time goes by.”

David Boyd, White Hall

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