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ERIC Number: ED541527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 29
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-8906-2466-7
Michigan School Privatization Survey 2007
Smith, Daniel J.; LaFaive, Michael D.
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
From April 25 through June 30, 2007, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy conducted its fifth survey of the privatization of bus, food and janitorial services among Michigan's 552 conventional public school districts. All Michigan school districts responded. In 2007, the Mackinac Center also conducted a nationwide survey of state education departments to determine the rate at which U.S. school districts contract with food service management companies. Only 13.2 percent of conventional public school districts in the nation contract with such companies--less than half the Michigan rate. The 2007 Michigan survey also found that 14.3 percent of Michigan districts said that they were contracting for custodial services to some degree. This figure indicates a higher rate of growth for this service than for the other two. For the second year in a row, the number of districts contracting for janitorial services increased by a staggering 25.2 percent. The survey indicated that as of June 30, 2007, an additional 42 districts were considering privatization of food, custodial or transportation services for the 2007-2008 school year. Following completion of the survey, two districts contracted their custodial services, but those numbers are not included in this year's survey totals. Appended are: (1) Survey Findings by County; and (2) Map of Survey Findings by School District. (Contains 16 graphs and 22 footnotes.)
Mackinac Center for Public Policy. 140 West Main Street, P.O. Box 568, Midland, MI 48640. Tel: 800-224-3327; Tel: 989-631-0900; Fax: 989-631-0964; e-mail:; Web site:
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