Preventing Privatization Pitfalls

Preventing Privatization Pitfalls

Unless schools and universities exercise care in outsourcing some of their operations, the price of privatization could prove costly.

When the Chesterfield County (Va.) district announced in May that it will turn over custodial services at 41 schools to a private company in 2015-16, it projected that the change would save the district $3.6 million a year. That’s a sizable chunk of money that could be redirected to the district’s core mission: helping students learn.

The promise of substantial savings is a key factor that persuades many schools and universities to outsource some of their operations to p

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