Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Morton Sherman is leaving the school system for “personal and professional reasons,” he said in a letter addressed to the ACPS community.
“My five years here in ACPS are among the most rewarding and emotional I have ever experienced. Some of you have poked fun at me for sending emails at 3 am, others have embraced (physically, emotionally, and intellectually) the sacred cause we have shared, and others have engaged in lively conversations about the work we have taken on. To all of you, thank you,” he wrote in a letter addressed to colleagues, students, friends and neighbors.
The School Board is holding a special session this evening at 7 p.m. where the issue is expected to be addressed.
Tenants and Workers United, a chapter of Virginia New Majority, issued the following statement concerning the pending resignation of Sherman:
“Dr. Morton Sherman was the only Alexandria City Superintendent in the past 20 years who addressed the racial achievement gap and inequities in our school system,” said Evelin Urrutia, education organizer for Tenants and Workers United. “This year Dr. Sherman has sought to address disparities in disciplinary actions by beginning a pilot Restorative Justice program to resolve problems and keep students in school.”
Sherman said he looks forward to volunteering his time in the months ahead to national organizations, foundations, universities, and other areas along with spending more time with his four grandchildren.