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City Controller: School District Could Be Losing Millions On Student Transpasses

By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The city controller says the School District could be losing millions, on student TransPasses.

The audit by City Controller Alan Butkovitz found that schools weren’t keeping adequate track of the TransPasses given to eligible students.

“We looked at four high schools, and we found out that the schools could not account for 575 out of 4944 TransPasses — that’s 12 percent of the TransPasses they handled.”

That’s over one week. Butkovitz says over an entire school year that could add up to $3.6 million wasted. He says in most cases the TransPass distribution lists weren’t signed by the proper school employees. The district, in response to the report, said principals this summer were to be reminded of school policy to report the actual number of TransPasses given to eligible students.

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