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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Mackinac says "Contracting Out is In"

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy recently released its 6th sixth privatization survey of Michigan public school districts.

Their findings? Well, for the 5th survey in a row, they found that "the percentage of districts contracting for the management or operation of at least one of the "big three" support services - food, janitorial or busing - increased...to 42.2 percent, up from 40.2 percent in 2007. That is a rate increase of almost 5 percent."

Check out the other findings here. The conclusion

Done right, school support service privatization can save money and improve services -even if the privatization option is used solely to persuade public employee bargaining units to sharpen their pencils. This year's survey findings indicate that contracting out not only remains a widely accepted practice, but one that will likely grow in the future.

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