TRENTON, NJ — Over the past three years, Trenton Public Schools has increasingly moved towards privatizing parts of its staff to deal with rising employee costs and a significant reduction in state aid, according to The Times.
Union leaders have expressed the fear that the effort is unlikely to stop anytime soon, the article stated.
According to the article, district officials say privatization is such an enticing option because they are under increased pressure from the state to continuously trim costs.
"The strategy of the state is to privatize as many positions as possible in an effort to get out from paying benefits because the costs constantly escalate," said School Board President Toby Sanders, a frequent critic of outsourcing efforts.
"Where they can privatize they are going to try to compel it," Sanders added.
The unions representing the services that tend to get privatized say the quality of services in the school has dramatically decreased, the article noted.
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