MCS assistant superintendent's apology goes public - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MCS assistant superintendent's apology goes public

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - For the first time, a copy of the letter Memphis City Schools Assistant Superintendent Irving Hamer sent to district principals has been made public.

The message was supposed to be an apology for bullying the principals.

Hamer came under fire this week after principals complained to an MCS board member that he had used demeaning language and bullied them during a recent meeting about teacher's performance reviews.

Here's part of what Hamer said in his apology note to principals: "Your work is difficult, thankless and generally misunderstood and under appreciated. It is not my intent to demean you or what you do in any way."

According to the memo, Hamer was upset because teachers were getting positive performance reviews even though their students were doing poorly.

While Hamer apologizes for upsetting the principals, he is unapologetic in his beliefs and says he won't back down.

"I will ... do what is necessary to remedy the situation – fearlessly," he wrote. "And, am prepared to accept the consequences for my commitments."

He also thanks the principals "that see the fire and selflessness I bring to my work."

But then takes aim at other principals: "I am sorry if it offends some of you."

He also reminds principals that he works "at the pleasure of Superintendent Cash. He alone evaluates me. He alone can fire me."

To read the entire letter, click here (.PDF).

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