[Photo of Audrey Spalding]

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.

Dr. Friedman's Vision for Education

TTB a Poor Measure of Charter Performance

Free Press should use better metric. … more

How to Make Michigan Schools More Expensive

Mark Schauer's education plan protects the status quo. … more

Michigan Education Association Misleading Voters

'Kids Not CEOs' website rife with misinformation. … more

More Problems with Ferndale Teacher Contract

Ignores state laws regarding seniority, evaluations. … more

Districts Asking for More Money Already Getting It

Mismanagement, not funding, deserves scrutiny. … more

Happy National School Choice Week!

Plenty of reasons to celebrate in Michigan. … more

Facts, Not Fiction, on State School Spending

K-12 spending up three consecutive years. … more

Michigan Students Need Private School Choice

Families want more options. … more

Commentary: Education: U.S. Spends More, Gets Less

American students near bottom on international test. … more