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High school principal removed for tackling a student

A Manhattan high school principal accused of tackling a student last spring has been removed and is facing disciplinary charges, Department of Education officials confirmed.

Juan Alvarez, principal of the International High School for Business and Finance — now called College Academy — was forced out of his school last week after an Office of Special Investigations report found that he had been overly aggressive with a student. DOE officials would not release the report, but a teacher in the George Washington campus, where Alvarez’s school is housed, said that Alvarez had tackled a student from another school in the building.

City officials have not decided whether to fire Alvarez. The high school’s new interim acting principal is Junior Miller, the former principal of the School for the Physical City, which was closed for poor performance at the end of last school year.