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Bill could require districts to seek bids

September 01, 2011
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DETROIT, MI — A new bill introduced in the House would help ensure better use of taxpayer money in Michigan schools when it comes to food, custodial and transportation services, according to CAPCON.

House Bill 4306, sponsored by Representative Dave Agema, would not require the privatization of any one service, but would require districts to bid out school support services and then compare the bids they receive from private companies with the costs of providing the service through district employees, the article stated.

According to the article, Agema looks at the bill as a first step toward more efficient tax dollar use and school board accountability.

HB 4306 would mandate contracting for support services by any district that currently employs district employees to provide said services, the article noted.

The in-house staff would then be able to compete on a market basis with any private vendors, and school boards retain the vital local authority to opt for or against privatization following consideration of the bids, the article added.

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