Spalding Weighs in on School Consolidation

Focus should be on spending, not district size

Education Policy Director Audrey Spalding was cited in the Port Huron Times-Herald on recent talk about school consolidation and her commentary on the matter appears in the Manistee News Advocate (subscription required).

Spalding told the Times-Herald she didn’t think countywide school districts would bring the savings proponents claim.

“It’s about how you spend money and whether you spend money efficiently,” she said. “It’s true a number of districts are in deficit, but it’s a small percentage. They are in deficit because of poor decisions, not because the size is unmanageable.”

The Center’s 2007 study on the issue was earlier cited in the Detroit Free Press.

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