More schools than ever privatizing services

MIDLAND, Mich. — An increasing number of Michigan public schools are outsourcing noninstructional services, according to WKZO AM590 in Kalamazoo.

Some 269 districts, almost half of the statewide total, outsource food, custodial or transportation services. That is an 8 percent increase over last year, WKZO reported. Mackinac Center Fiscal Policy Analyst James Hohman, who conducted the 2010 school privatization survey, told WKZO the jump is the largest single-year increase in the history of the survey. The Mackinac Center publishes Michigan Education Digest.

WKZO, "Big jump in school privatization over the last year in Michigan," Sept. 13, 2010

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Michigan School Contract Out More Than Ever," Sept. 10, 2010