*Data were not collected in 2004
Nearly two-thirds of Michigan’s public school districts have hired private contractors to handle either janitorial work, transportation, or food service, and that number has risen over the last year.
Those findings, published by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, offer a glimpse at one of the strategies being tried by financially desperate school systems.
The most common target was custodial work (45.5 percent), transportation (21 percent), and food service (36.5 percent).
A version of this article appeared in the January 29, 2014 edition of Education Week as Michigan Districts Contract Custodial, Other Services