This is the 13th edition of a privatization survey of school districts in Michigan conducted by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. The survey asks district officials to what extent they use competitive contracting to provide noninstructional services, such as custodial, transportation and food services. This edition is an expanded version that contains new survey research of school districts in four additional states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia and Texas. Pennsylvania had the highest rate of contracting out for at least one of the three major support services at 75 percent, followed by Michigan with 71 percent, Georgia at 38 percent, Texas with 23 percent and then Ohio at 17 percent.

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As part of our efforts on government transparency, we obtained data on the compensation of most public employees in the state. This information has been used to fact check claims about salaries, verify data from other open records requests, and hold government spending accountable.

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