A multi-part investigation of Cleveland's inflated roster of substitute school bus drivers and bogus ridership figures
Investigative Reporter Tom Merriman reported a pattern of nearly empty school buses and idle standby drivers that wasted millions, while hundreds of teachers were laid off and bus routes were slashed. Over a nine-month period, he scrupulously documented how the Cleveland school district retained more than 200 substitute bus drivers who did little more than shoot pool and play games while on the payroll. Merriman confronted school officials and the mayor and interviewed a whistle-blower who had been ordered to inflate statistics on school bus ridership in state funding reports.
For WJW: Tom Merriman, reporter and producer; Mark DeMarino, field producer; Dave Hollis, videographer; Matt Rafferty, Chuck Rigdon, editors; Greg Easterly, executive producer and news director; Mike Renda, general manager.