Editorial: Privatization Saves Schools Money

An editorial in today's Jackson Citizen Patriot advocates a position that Mackinac Center analysts have known for years — school privatization saves money.

The editorial refers to the Center's 2009 school privatization survey, which found that nearly 45 percent of public school districts in Michigan contract for one or more of the three main noncore services — custodial, food and janitorial.

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"Cutbacks in state aid, falling enrollment, costly contractual and legacy obligations - these all have driven districts to take a fresh look at this option on the privatization menu," the editorial said.

Mike Van Beek, education policy director, examines issues such as teacher health insurance costs and salaries, as well as the Jackson Western teachers' collective bargaining agreement.