Walled Lake Schools Close Over Privatization Protest

DSCF01761-300x195[1]Two years ago, Gov. Snyder sent a letter to school districts outlining his “best practices”. These were no mere suggestions, they were requirements for receiving full per pupil funding. Each district was told they must meet 4 out of 5 of his mostly corporate-style practices. Among Snyder’s bright ideas was for schools to “obtain competitive bids on non-instructional services” — privatization.

Yesterday, Democracy Tree reported on the folly of privatizing food services in the Michigan prison system. The added burden of a “for profit” motive logically leads to a degradation in the quality of service, and in the case of one prison in Kentucky, it caused a riot.

Last week, as a cost-saving measure, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools voted to privatize their bus service. The Oakland County district transports daily between 12,000 and 15,000 of its 15,600 students. The district’s 120 transportation department employees have the option of interviewing with Dean Transportation, the private firm contracted by the district for the 2013-14 school year. They are not likely to earn anywhere near the $11,000 to $18,000 they currently earn as public sector employees.

The bus drivers aren’t taking this lying down though. Today, approximately a quarter of the 102 bus drivers called-in sick, causing the school district to close.

Walled Lake is not unique, their situation is emblematic of what is occurring across the state under Snyder’s anti-public sector march to the sea.

Amy Kerr Hardin


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6 Responses to Walled Lake Schools Close Over Privatization Protest

  1. Suzanne Tramel says:

    Hats off to the Walled Lake Bus Drivers! Keep rallying!

  2. Bob Butzke says:

    Hoping a lot more call in sick tomorrow.

  3. I am proud of the Walled Lake bus drivers. They have already given up so much that it must be making them all sick. Probably sick tomorrow too since this was such a blow to all of them. I hope you are feeling better in a week or two.

  4. John Smith says:

    Fire them all and get someone who wants to work. Where is Ronald Reagan when you need him.

    • John Smith's Mother says:

      I must have dropped you on your head too many times. Your politics are sophomoric, and I’m ashamed of you.

    • Kay Oko says:

      That is a stupid comment! They want to work and were all just basically fired for no reason other than our governor forcing school districts to privatize. Seriously, do you really think they don’t want their jobs and to work? I support these bus drivers and sympathize with them in this situation. My district just privatized the custodians. I have never worked in such a dirty building. I want our school custodians back!!!! Walled Lake will regret this decision but unfortunately their hands are tied by the idiot running our state!

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