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Audrey Spalding

Director of Education Policy

Audrey Spalding is the director of education policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. In this position, Spalding oversees the Center's education research and publications, including Michigan Education Digest and Michigan Education Report. She started at the Center in 2012 as an education policy analyst.

Before joining the Mackinac Center, Spalding worked as a policy analyst at the St. Louis-based Show-Me Institute, where she provided analytical research and legislative testimony on tax credits, land banking and education. Her public policy op-eds have been published in a variety of newspapers, including The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press, the Battle Creek Enquirer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis Business Journal and The Kansas City Star.

Prior to her time at Show-Me, Spalding was an education reporter for the Columbia Missourian, where she was a co-recipient of the 2008 Missouri Press Association's Community Service Award for her efforts to highlight school district expenditures. 

Spalding received her bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri, having majored in both journalism and economics. She is a native of Ann Arbor, Mich.

At Thirkell, State Grade Doesn't Match Up

School posts impressive results despite low rank. … more

School Success Story: Cesar Chavez Academy

Berrien Springs: Leading the Way

Innovating outside of district boundaries. … more

Escaping the Scandal in Rose City

School Consolidation Won’t Save Much

Milton Friedman's Education Ideas Still Relevant Today

Comprehensive school schoice helps failing schools. … more

School Consolidation Won't Save Much

Other reforms would provide better results. … more

Top 10 Rural Elementary and Middle Schools

Michigan's top rural elementary and middle schools. … more

Report Card Identifies Top-Performing Schools; Ranks DPS Elementary #1

Top 10 Town Elementary and Middle Schools

Michigan's top town elementary and middle schools. … more

Top 10 Suburban Elementary and Middle Schools

Michigan's top suburban elementary and middle schools. … more

Top 10 City Elementary and Middle Schools

Michigan's top-performing city elementary and middle schools. … more

Top 10 Elementary and Middle Schools

Michigan's top-performing elementary and middle schools. … more

Stalking Students in Grosse Pointe

Evidence of a broken education system. … more

Land Bank May Take 163+ Properties

Grand Rapids might help group circumvent state law. … more

Close Dysfunctional Schools

Promise of Profit Can Help Neediest Students

Charters helping those shortchanged by system. … more

Indy Land Bank Officials Indicted

Michigan needs to review land bank operations. … more

District Spent $20K Per Student, Had Rodents In Schools, Holes In Ceiling and Walls

Close Dysfunctional Schools

Years of mismanagement unfair to students. … more

What Do Moms Want? School Choice

New survey shows large support for tuition tax credits. … more

Education Denied to 15K Walled Lake Students

Bus drivers call in "sick" today to protest privatization. … more

Land Bank Reform Bill Introduced

HB 4626 would penalize land banks for violating state law. … more

Land Bank Bail-Outs: How State Government Corrupts the Private Market

School Marketing is A-OK

Charters join school districts in attempt to boost enrollment. … more

'Land Bank Bailout' Is Rep. Kildee's First Bill

Congressman wants $1.9 billion for special interest projects. … more

EAA Could Take Over Successful Schools

Is state school ranking methedology flawed? … more

Don't Mistake Bridge Claims For Fact

Kent County Considers Land Bank Changes

Private developers could get fair shot at foreclosures. … more

EAA Bill Has Problems

But Grand Rapids carve-out not one of them. … more

New Strategies Needed for Dealing With Blight

Turning over more property to land banks not the answer. … more

No Grand Rapids Carve-Out under EAA Bill

Progress Michigan critique not supported by facts. … more

Cesar Chavez Academy

Turnover Low in Highland Park Schools

Some teachers let go due to performance. … more

Variety Isn't Discrimination

Charters provide choices for students and parents. … more

Reducing 'Best Practices' Money Best for Taxpayers

Schools should be rewarded for student outcomes. … more

Subsidized Housing for Government Workers

Land bank deals should be extended to all buyers. … more

State Report: More Growth for Charter Students

Fails to account for number of low-income students served. … more

School Choice Benefits Students

Families deserve more options, not fewer. … more

Cesar Chavez Academy: Helping Detroit Students Achieve

Measuring the Value of Charter Schools

Bridge Magazine tries to compare charters to entire districts. … more

More Michigan Students Opt for School Choice

Center for Michigan "conversations" miss the mark. … more

Birmingham Latest District to Exploit Schools of Choice

Meeting state's "best practices" in name only. … more

Electric Car Owners Get a Free Ride in Ann Arbor

Another subsidy for those who can afford expensive EVs. … more

Lawsuit Against Highland Park Schools Misguided

ACLU should acknowledge changes the district has made. … more

School Districts Closed Because Of Excessive Teacher Absences Over Right-to-Work

School Officials Fearful of 'Segregation'

They should look at current system first. … more

Public School Officials Use Nonprofit for Political Action

Teachers Shouldn't Be Fired For Not Joining Union

Right-to-Work would protect those who choose not to. … more