MIDLAND — The Mackinac Center for Public Policy released its 2009 survey of school districts, showing that privatization of support service increased by 5.4 percent. Overall, districts outsourced 29 more services while eight services were brought back in-house, increasing the percent of districts that contract to 44.6 percent.

Custodial services increased the most, with 12 districts beginning new contracts. Over 20 percent of districts contract out custodial services. Transportation contracting grew from 5.8 percent of districts to 6.9 percent. Food service increased slightly from 29.3 percent to 29.4 percent of districts.

For more information on the survey, see "School Privatization Survey Shows Gains in Support Service Contracting."