By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A plan to save $3.6 million by cutting TransPasses and tokens to high schoolers who live two miles from school is off the table, says Superintendent William Hite.

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“We withdrew that because we’re in conversations now with SEPTA, and we’re trying to find a way to resolve this issue,” Hite explained.

The transportation cuts were among a series of reductions Hite announced a week ago to help schools open on time. The move would have affected 7,500 students, including up to 1,000 Archdiocese students.

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“We’re empathetic to what the School District is going through. We know what it’s like to get blood from a stone,” said Jason Budd, the Archdiocese’s deputy secretary for Catholic education.

Hite says he hopes to announce a resolution as early as next week.

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