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ERIC Number: EJ918609
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0036-651X
Million Dollar Busing: Saving Money through Privatization
Crates, Cheryl
School Business Affairs, v75 n5 p16-18 May 2009
The economic crisis has had--and will continue to have--a dramatic effect on tax revenue and education spending throughout the United States and beyond. Yet children still show up for school every day in need of an education. In times like these, educators and school business managers must be as committed as ever to providing it. The economic pressures are all too familiar to District 300, one of Illinois's largest public school districts, located northwest of Chicago. Privatizing school bus transportation became a hot topic among school administrators and parents, in the board room and in the supermarket. District 300 researched common myths about privatization and discovered that many of these concerns stemmed from misinformation about outsourcing school bus transportation. Surveys show that school administrators can spend up to a third of their time managing an in-house transportation program, and their experience was no different. Outsourcing is a proven solution for more than 30% of the nation's school districts, giving schools the opportunity to free up their time and energy for their primary responsibility--providing the highest-quality education for students. With these considerations in mind, District 300 took the step that promises to save millions of dollars and went out to bid. The district eventually awarded a three-year contract beginning in 2007. It was--and it remains--the right choice for the school district.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois