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School system looks into jobless pay discrepancies

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Officials say Montgomery Public Schools paid out more than $134,000 in unemployment compensation in the last fiscal year, much of it to former employees who didn't deserve it.

The system's payroll director, Pamela Wooden, told the Montgomery County Board of Education on Tuesday that the system had simply failed to supply the Alabama Department of Labor with the necessary paperwork to prevent some payments.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports ( that the school system provided unemployment compensation to some former employees who had quit or voluntarily resigned.

To qualify for unemployment compensation, Alabama residents must have been terminated without cause or have resigned due to a work-related matter. Wooden said many of the former MPS employees did not meet those requirements.

Information from: Montgomery Advertiser,

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