More than half of Michigan’s public school districts contract out for custodial, busing or food services because they have to in order to direct more dollars to the classroom, according to an Op-Ed Sunday in the Detroit Free Press by Mackinac Center researchers.

James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy, and Josiah Kollmeyer, research intern, conducted the Center’s 2011 school privatization survey and found that almost 54 percent of districts privatize one of the three main noninstructional services.

Sunday’s editorial in The Flint Journal also cites the survey, noting that 62 percent of Genesee County districts contract out, and notes that “If the same service can be provided for less money, public entities owe it to their owners, the taxpayers, to seek the cost savings.”

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