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Michigan Republicans: Let's Privatize Public School Teaching
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By Andy Kroll

Thu Sep. 1, 2011 3:00 AM PDT
In Michigan, a state perennially crippled by budget deficits, public school districts across the state have already outsourced their bus drivers, cafeteria workers, sports coaches, and janitors to try and save money. Now Republicans in Michigan's state legislature want to take the outsourcing frenzy one giant leap forward by privatizing public school teaching.

Michigan Sen. Phil Pavlov (R), who chairs the state Senate's education committee, is preparing legislation that would allow public school districts to hire teachers through private, for-profit companies. Privatizing the hiring process would presumably allow school districts to bypass compensation packages sought by teachers unions and let private companies compete for contracts with districts.

Pavlov didn't respond to a request for comment on the teacher privatization plan. But Pavlov has publicly described his plan, which he said was still in the works, this way: "I look at it as offering options. If there is something out there that can offer school officials the same options at a lower cost, schools need to take a look at that. It needs to part of the conversation on reform."

The Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) says that teachers from private companies would be required to have the same credentials as existing public school teachers. Public school districts, MASSP notes, would begin soliciting bids from private "instructional services" companies once existing teacher contracts had expired.

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  -Michigan Republicans: Let's Privatize Public School Teaching n2doc  Sep-01-11 08:55 AM   #0 
  - WTF  atreides1   Sep-01-11 09:10 AM   #1 
  - Easiest way to place teachers who will convince the kids they're  Sal Minella   Sep-02-11 12:38 PM   #12 
  - Never ends....  Bryan Buchan   Sep-01-11 09:14 AM   #2 
  - soon these for profit companies will bid on which kids they  adhd_what_huh   Sep-01-11 09:20 AM   #3 
  - has there ever been a serious study on whether privatizing saves even a penny  rurallib   Sep-01-11 09:29 AM   #4 
  - At least the Repugs  CRK7376   Sep-01-11 09:29 AM   #5 
  - On the subject of test scores, check out the current ish of Smithsonian  david_vincent   Sep-01-11 09:52 AM   #7 
  - Did we not learn anything from: 69 Billion Dollars in Fraud  OHdem10   Sep-01-11 09:33 AM   #6 
  - How does privatizing anything save money? There's a third party between employer and employee that  sinkingfeeling   Sep-01-11 10:53 AM   #8 
  - It doesn't.  n2doc   Sep-01-11 11:36 AM   #9 
  - How hard is it to teach someone  Spacemom   Sep-01-11 10:20 PM   #10 
  - I'm one of those teachers--long-term sub for a private company.  knitter4democracy   Sep-02-11 08:05 AM   #11 
  - Help, I'm stuck in MIchigan...  TruthTeller   Sep-03-11 08:25 AM   #13 

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