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ERIC Number: ED541517
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-8906-2497-7
Michigan School Privatization Survey 2010
Hohman, James M.; Anderson, Dustin D.
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Privatization of support services has been a method that Michigan school districts have used for several years to lower costs. More than ever before, Michigan school districts are privatizing the three main support services they offer--food, custodial and transportation. The annual survey finds that 48.8 percent of Michigan school districts are contracting out for these services. This is an 8 percent increase over 2009. The largest impetus for contracting is cost savings. The survey found that first year contracts alone are expected to save districts $16.7 million cumulatively. The Mackinac Center has surveyed Michigan public school districts about their use of private contracts since 2001 and annually since 2005. More and more each year, districts contract out to save money. They also consistently report satisfaction with the contracts they have in place. New to the 2010 survey is a question on shared services. House Bill 6488 has been introduced that would establish a shared services commission to study district consolidation and allow the state superintendent to force consolidation. The 2010 Survey Results include: (1) 48.8 percent of districts (269 out of 551) contract out for food, custodial or transportation services; (2) 57 new food, custodial or transportation services were outsourced this year; (3) Eight districts brought services back in-house this year; and (4) New contracts alone were estimated to save taxpayers $16.7 million statewide. Map of Survey Findings by School District is appended. (Contains 9 graphs.) [For the 2009 edition of this report, see ED541529.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Identifiers - Location: Michigan