Sep 13, 2010
Publicity hound Robert Bobb, Emergency Financial Manager for Detroit Public Schools (DPS), waited with the media and two students for the bus to arrive on the first day of school.
His grand plan to show off the improved “safety and efficiency” of outsourced student transportation hit a brick wall, however.
What was supposed to be a feel good story about the “wonders” of privatization, left Robert Bobb with egg on his face.
The international transportation conglomerate, First Student – the school bus company hand-picked by Bobb – arrived so late that the two students missed their first half hour of school!
In fact, out of 263 busses, 127 busloads of DPS students got to school late that day.
When the contract was awarded, DPS said outsourcing would “dramatically improve transportation services for our children.”
According to an employee, First Student only started making plans for the 1st day of school one week ahead. They were woefully unprepared.
The kids learned a valuable lesson. For-profit private contractors are for profit, period. Not for kids.