After initially agreeing to an unusual mediation process, Los Angeles school officials reversed course Friday, suddenly removing an embattled principal from one of the city's most troubled schools.
Vince Carbino, the target this month of two demonstrations at the Santee Education Complex, will be temporarily reassigned to an administrative job that is not at a school, said Carmen Schroeder, the local superintendent for the region that includes Santee.
In recent months, Carbino had come under increasing pressure from disgruntled teachers, parents and students who chanted in front of the campus gates calling for Carbino's firing. His critics called him abrasive and alienating, and accused him of improperly altering academic courses. Teachers allege that he changed course titles and subject matter after the semester started to make it appear that the school was in better compliance with rules requiring that students get immediate access to textbooks.
Officials with the Los Angeles Unified School District have opened an investigation into those claims.
Carbino's defenders credit him with improving security for students on and near campus. The cop-turned-educator has also been lauded by some as a tough but effective administrator who tried to bring calm to a school that had a tumultuous beginning.