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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 bent over on May 12, 2011 

 You should congratulate yourself for beginning what will be know as the worse mess in Michigan ever. As if, blatently dipping your dirty paws into the "Ol Folks" fixed income ( retirement pension ) piggy bank wasn't bad enough. Now the attack on the lowest payed groups within the educational arena.  Obviously you are only blind in one eye and just don't see to well from the other. Replacing these groups are not the answer to Michigans financial woes but moreover the last straw in Michigans demise. Whats another 3000 or 4000 foreclosers in Michigan ? Oh and, the unemployment rate beginning July 1 2012 is most likely to astound you. Had your eye sight been repaired while you had health insurance, you might have seen that the cushy union jobs your looking to destroy have a top pay just under the top pay for Mc Donalds employees and relatively the same health care program, NONE... The top dollar, no work to earn pay union poisitions you're exagerating about, went out with the Beach Boys a long time ago. These folks break their back for pensions that are far from adequate or even close to a means of survival. The give backs from any one of the contracts you claim to be such a burden, will simply show the amount of benefits and wages that have been given back over the course of the past 8 - 10 years. On the other hand, had your one bad eye been even close to examining what goes on at the Administrative level in any educational establishment, you MIGHT HAVE seen such instances such as admistrators that were allowed to retire to pensions upwards of $65,000 and at the same time be hired back into the sytem as "Contracted Cunsaltants" at the tune of $110,000 per year with additional perks. Now that's cushhhhhy. Hmmm, did I miss something here?  Yup congratulations on totally missing the boat.  After these guys are gone, your position will move to the next lowest...  Quite an acheivement...  Yur gonna love the new Michigan



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