School buses operated by private companies in Michigan failed the most recent safety inspection at a rate much higher than buses owned and operated by the state's public schools, according to a published report Nov. 14.

In a Detroit Free Press analysis of State Police records, of the 801 buses operated by private contractors in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, Washtenaw, and Livingston counties, 492, or 61 percent, passed inspection. Buses owned by private schools performed slightly better, with


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