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2011 House Bill 4306: Mandate public schools privatize non-instructional services
  1. Introduced by Rep. David Agema (R) on February 22, 2011, to require public school districts to contract out custodial, transportation and food services. They would have to use competitive bidding to award contracts more than $20,000.
    • Referred to the House Education Committee on February 22, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on March 23, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on May 10, 2011. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 10, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Brown (D) on May 10, 2011. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 10, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Ken Yonker (R) on May 10, 2011. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 10, 2011.

Comments

Re: 2011 House Bill 4306 (Mandate public schools privatize non-instructional services )  by Mike Hignite on October 1, 2012 

The part you left out is that by paying less for services the state can tax less so that everyone will have more of their own money. 


Mandating privatization isn't a good idea, as many have mentioned, their school district makes it work fine with employed staff.  If employed staff are the cheapest way to go, why should a school board want to pay more for a private company to do it?  Only if a private company can do it cheaper should this be an issue. 


If ten lunch ladies got together and wanted to form their own company to provide meals for less than they were being paid with benefits and the cost of administration, the school board should go for it.  If the lunch ladies can be more efficient, better purchasers, any profit (or loss) goes to them.



Re: 2011 House Bill 4306 (Mandate public schools privatize non-instructional services )  by denestu on October 1, 2012 
Our elementary and secondary educational system needs to be radically restructured. Such a reconstruction can be achieved only by privatizing a major segment of the educational system--i.e., by enabling a private, for-profit industry to develop that will provide a wide variety of learning opportunities and offer effective competition to public schools, such as the best online university for example.


Re: 2011 House Bill 4306 (Mandate public schools privatize non-instructional services )  by gypsy on January 13, 2012 
This bill is another scheme at paying back the business interest that supported the Republicans.

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