Josiah Kollmeyer was a summer research intern at the Mackinac Center in 2011 and 2012. Kollmeyer is studying history at Hillsdale College, where he is a member of the honors program. He wants to earn his law degree and work with the International Justice Mission, a Christian human-rights group fighting against modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Kollmeyer moved to Midland in sixth grade and is a Dow High graduate.

Kollmeyer plays violin and knows J.R.R. Tolkein’s invented language of Elvish.

By Josiah Kollmeyer

Michigan School Privatization Survey 2012

School Support Services Contracting Increases to 61 Percent of Districts

Let Michigan Jobs "Bloom"

End "economic gardening." … more

Michigan School Privatization Survey 2011

Majority of Michigan school districts currently contract food, custodial or transportation services
Despite increased spending in Michigan public schools, districts regularly face tough choices allocating their resources. This study surveys the privatization of the three major noninstructional services: food, custodial and transportation services. The findings are that over half of public schools have privatized at least one of these services; what is more, about 93 percent report satisfaction with the private-sector services they receive, which spells progress towards improving services while spending less. … more

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