Mackinac says "Contracting Out is In"
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.