The Oakland Press and Macomb Daily reported recently that school privatization of noninstructional services increased over last year.

Citing the Mackinac Center's 2010 School Privatization Survey, the Press and Daily reported that nearly half of all public school districts in Michigan contract out for food, custodial or transportation services.

The Daily reported that Romeo Community Schools spent $848,000 more than it needed to over two years after the school board there voted not to contract out for custodial and busing needs. The Press, meanwhile, reported that the Troy School District contracts out for all three non-core functions and saves about $3 million annually.

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