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ERIC Number: ED541530
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-9883-9215-1
Michigan School Privatization Survey 2012
Hohman, James M.; Kollmeyer, Josiah M.
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Michigan's School Aid fund increased once more this year, but many school administrators in the state continue to hunt for effective measures to reduce spending due to increased pension costs and phased-out stimulus money. Many options available for trimming costs, such as enacting pay-to-play for sports, are extremely unpopular for districts and may reduce the quality of education available to students. However, privatization of support services such as food, custodial and transportation services is a promising opportunity for many districts to save money without reducing educational opportunity. Over 60 percent of Michigan school districts have now contracted out at least one of these three services and have saved Michigan taxpayers millions in the process. 335 of the state's 549 public school districts, or 61 percent, have now privatized one or more major support services. Sixty-six districts began a support-service contract within the past year. This growth continues a decade-long trend of increased contracting by Michigan schools, which the Mackinac Center has studied since 2001. Each of the three major support services saw a growth in privatization over the past year. The 2012 Survey Results include: (1) 61 percent of districts (335 out of 549) contract out for at least one of their food, custodial or transportation services; (2) 126 districts contract out for at least two major support services; (3) Districts contracted out 85 total services; and (4) 11 districts brought a service back in-house. Appended are: (1) Revisions to Previous Publications; and (2) Map of Survey Findings by School District. (Contains 9 graphs.) [For the 2011 edition of this report, see ED541514.]
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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