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Miami board member wants to look at privatizing district's bus operations

The Miami-Dade school district may look at privatizing its vast fleet of school buses and transportation employees. The Miami Herald reports that board member Carlos Curbelo believes the district may be able to cut costs by outsourcing the district’s fleet of 1,300 buses and about 1,700 bus drivers and aides. He also wants the district to explore whether money can be saved through other options, like crafting a public/private partnership or by altering its existing busing model. Miami-Dade school buses transport more than 60,000 students. The system costs about $69 million.

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