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.”

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

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