FLINT, Mich. — More than half of Michigan's public school
districts now hire private companies for all or part of their custodial, food
or transportation services, a new survey shows, according to The Flint Journal.
Conducted by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, the privatization
survey shows that 295 of the state’s 550 districts, or 53.6 percent, are
outsourcing, up from 31 percent in 2001, according to The Journal and a
Mackinac Center news release.
The Mackinac Center also publishes Michigan Education
“In the past decade, privatization of non-instructional
services has moved from controversy to consensus,” James Hohman, Mackinac
Center assistant director of fiscal policy, said in the news release, The
Journal reported. “With school officials constantly seeking more revenue,
contracting has a firm record of saving districts money.”
Beaverton Rural Schools in Gladwin County anticipates saving
$157,000 per year by contracting out custodial work, the news release said as
an example, according to The Journal.
Seeking competitive bids for non-instructional services also
is one of five “best practices” for schools outlined in the Michigan state
budget this year, The Journal reported. School districts that adopt four of the
five practices are eligible for added state funding.
The Flint Journal, “More
than half Michigan school districts now privatizing services, Mackinac Center
survey shows,” Aug. 16, 2011
Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Privatization still a growing trend
in Michigan schools,” Aug. 16, 2011