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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.

Teachers Shouldn't Be Fired For Not Joining Union

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

Court Rules in Favor of Land Bank

Property can be sold to preferred buyers. … more

Only Two Counties Voted for Proposal 2

Prop 1 support found close to EM cities, schools. … more

Prop 1 Defeat a Loss for Struggling School Districts

Emergency managers losing vital tools. … more

Do Teachers Really Need More 'Protection?'

Violence and incompetence get you fired in the private sector. … more

New Graduation Requirements Mean Fewer Grads

Stricter standards impact lower students the most. … more

Who's Cheating Who?

Is Grosse Pointe Schools keeping state tax money? … more

Lawsuit Filed Against Kent County Land Bank

Vacant properties blocked from tax auction at its request. … more

The Easiest Way to Fire a Teacher

Not paying union dues can lead to quick dismissal. … more

Prop 2: An End to Teacher Tenure?

Certification requirements could also be ignored. … more

Why Statewide Education Policy Fails

One size fits all approach does not help students. … more

Students' ZIP Code Should Not Limit School Choice

"Private" public schools aim to keep students out. … more

Is 5076 Montauk Blighted?

Questions arise over how county land banks operate. … more

Grosse Pointe's Costly Nonresident Crackdown

District losing money by not accepting outside students. … more

Excuses Don't Change Facts

Three Livingston County schools do poorly on report card. … more

Count Day Could Become an Outdated Gimmick

School funding should follow student, even if they transfer. … more

Meaningful School Reform Needed

More state control is not the answer. … more

Land Bank Powers Abused, Costly to Taxpayers

Government shouldn't act as land speculators. … more

Debt Program for Public Schools Has Gone Too Far

Borrowing money to pay off borrowed money. … more

Per-Pupil Spending Little To Do With Performance

How money is spent is more important than how much. … more

High-Scoring High Schools

Top 10 counties listed. … more

Instead of Focusing on Gaps, Focus on Growth

The "achievement gap" leaves a gap in education. … more

Kent County Taxpayers Question Land Bank

Group alleges "crony government gone wild" in tax lien sale. … more

A Better Choice, Less Than a Mile Away

Displaced Detroit students have options. … more

More Money and More Problems

Highland Park's woes can't be blamed on lack of funding. … more

Detroit Charters Outperform DPS

When taking student backgrounds into account. … more

Highland Park Schools the Best Alternative?

Is Highland Park Schools the best choice for Detroit students? … more

$131,000 for Five Students?

Is this superintendent gaming the schools-of-choice program? … more

Highland Park Reform May Have to Begin With Finances

ACLU suit against emergency manager misses the mark. … more