Monday, May 19, 2008

Corruption in New York City School Bus Operations

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While no one wants corruption in the public school system, hearing that four Department of Education officials were arrested for taking almost $1 million in bribes from private school bus companies.

All the officials were in the DOE's Office of Public Transportation. According to the NY Times, the three supervisors and one inspector "accepted cash payments ranging from several hundred dollars a year from some companies to tens of thousands of dollars a year from others" and would let the bus companies know when safety inspections would be conducted and helped them get their safety violation fines reduced. Also, the bus companies would bribe for more lucrative routes, but the feds added some payments were just to "secure the goodwill of the defendants." -- Gothamist

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