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Tom Gantert

Senior Capitol Correspondent

Tom Gantert is senior capitol correspondent for Michigan Capitol Confidential, a daily news site of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

When Gantert arrived at Capitol Confidential in February 2010, he already had extensive experience as a journalist, having worked for more than 20 years at Michigan daily newspapers, including The Jackson Citizen Patriot, Lansing State Journal and Ann Arbor News. Gantert also served a four-month stint at USA Today as part of a Gannett Corporation loaner program. In 2008, Gantert was The Ann Arbor News writer of the year, and in September 2009, he founded Reporting Michigan, a nonprofit news Web site.

Gantert holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University. He has two sons and lives in Jackson, Mich.

State School Rankings Mostly Measuring Race and Income Rather Than Performance

State Education Department Gives a Pass To Failing Districts; Punishes Charters

War on Charters Tied To Politics and Union Money

Why Do Michigan Residents Falsely Believe Education Spending Is Down?

Union Sends Out Misleading 'Consent Form' When Members Try To Leave

Will Michigan Taxpayers Be Giving KISS Millions For the Rock Band's Film?

School Haze: Contract Convoluted Regarding Right-to-Work

Public School District Constantly Promoting Far-Left Political Views

Almost No Teachers In District's Low-Performing Schools Considered 'Ineffective'

Michigan Loses 40K Grads; Corporate Welfare Program Paid $127K Each To Keep 125 of Them

Solar Subsidy Part Two

Early Returns On Michigan As a Right-to-Work State: Incomes Rising

State Budget Has Increased Almost $5 Billion the Past Three Years

State Board Prez Fights Parental Choice

Michigan 8th Congressional District GOP Primary Getting Feisty

Making Sense Of The Complicated Ballot Language For Proposal 1

Manufacturing Job Growth Helps Move Michigan Ahead

Michigan Teacher Pension Costs Increase To Nearly $1 Billion Per Year

Failing Charter Public Schools Are Shut Down; Conventional Public Schools Remain Open

Public School District Benefits By Branching Into Private Schools

School Official Says Illegal Language Should Be Removed From Union Contract

Taxpayers Handcuffed By Money Being Given To Beverly Hills Cop Production Company

Schauer Wants to Put Limits On Advertising Done By Charter Public Schools

Supreme Court Rules Unionization Schemes Involving Home-Based Care Providers Are Illegal

Public School Administrators Complain About Pension Costs; Don't Offer Solutions

School Districts Copying Each Other's Homework While Calling Increased Funding a 'Cut'

A Request For Lower Beer And Wine Prices

State Agency Rules That Graduate Student Research Assistants Not Eligible For Unionization

School District's Math Doesn't Add Up

Wind Power 'Success Story' Was a Massive Failure

State Budget Shifts Extra Revenue Sharing Funds To Detroit

Double Standard On School District Deficits

Michigan Teacher Pension System Liabilities Increase Again

MEA Sends Credit Agency After Teacher Who Stopped Paying Dues

Legislator Blames 'Shady Bankers' For Detroit's Problems Despite Voting To Double Debt

Proposed State Law Would End Blowout High School Football Games Early

Bill Would Allow Strip Searches for Misdemeanor Crimes; Probable Cause Not Necessary

Despite Differing Reports, Michigan Experiencing 'Solid Job Recovery'

A Timeline of Events

Internal Issues Put International Charter Public School At Risk

Teachers Contract Contains Questionable Forced Unionization Clause

The 89,000 Clean Energy Jobs Myth

Union Opposes Privatization For Others, Outsources For Itself

MEA Still Chasing Thousands Not Paying Dues Or Fees

A Look At The Left-Wing Groups The National Education Association Supports

Michigan Teachers Contribute to Six-Figure Salaries at the NEA

Hypocrisy Over Private Organizations 'Profiteering' Off Education System

MEA Economist Ignores Billions In Education Spending

State Government Playing Favorites With Food Providers

Stricter Rules Proposed For Taxpayer Funded Bridge Cards

Union Surrenders Member Benefits To Keep Unenforceable Clause In Contract

Despite Shortage Of Bus Drivers, Union Wants Worker Fired For Not Paying Dues

Attorney General: School District Violating State Law By Automatically Deducting Union Dues

School Board Member: Close Teacher Pension System

Repeating Inaccurate Claim About School Funding Does Not Make It True

Union Leader Claims Government Entities 'Falsifying' Financial Problems

Schauer Calls For Long-Term Solvency Of Pension System; As State Senator Voted To Underfund It

Schauer Education Plan Looks To Shut Down Successful Charter Public Schools

CEO Compensation Comparison Lacks Perspective

Retiree Becoming Face Of 'Pension Tax' Collecting Generously

School District May Violate State Law By Removing Teachers Based Strictly On Seniority

Superintendent Claiming Less Money Receives $515 More Per Pupil

Special Deals Allow Detroit To Collect Hundreds Of Millions In Extra Revenue

Local Governments Not Starved For Cash

Grand Rapids Selectively Released Public Information

Reuben Sandwich With A Side Of 500K Lost Jobs

Cities Increase Fees, Spend More While Complaining About State Shared Revenue

School Union Contracts Across The State Retain Clauses Calling For Hiring Based On Race

Superintendent Says District Worse Off Despite Getting More Overall State Money

Union Teacher Contract Has Illegal Racial Preferences Provision

District Disputes MEA President's Claim About School Funding Cuts

Michigan Paying $860 Million In Select Tax Incentives, Subsidies

Poll Shows Many Michigan Residents Misinformed About Education Spending

Electric Vehicle Battery Subsidy Failures Evident Early On

Non-Christians Given 'Special Consideration' In Union Teacher Contract

More People On Food Stamps After Past Minimum Wage Increases

Union Intimidation List Back Up

Unions, Left-Leaning Groups Dominate List of Largest Political Donors

MEA Says 8,000 Haven't Paid Dues; Some Teachers Say Union Intentionally Misled Members

'Super Seniority' For Union Officials, Other Clauses In School Contracts Prohibited By Law

Michigan Third-Grade Reading Levels Down Significantly

Union Touts Liability Insurance As Perk; Costs $4.35 A Year Per Member

Union Website Warns About Bullying, But Members Who Opted Out Report Being Bullied

School District, Union Working Together To Try To Ban Charter Schools

Housing Expenses Among the Perks Michigan Residents Pay for Big Hollywood

Hospital Union Resorts to Intimidation Tactics Against Workers Who Opt Out

School Districts Insist They Need More Money to Educate Fewer Students

School District Works Around State Law To Protect Teachers Based on Seniority

Michigan Exports to Mexico and China Increasing

Union Bullies Workers Exercising Their Rights

Narrative Changing On Michigan K-12 Education Spending

Democrats Selectively Considering Pension Benefits In Education Funding

Michigan Job Growth Higher Than Initially Reported

Pension Costs Mean Tighter Budgets For Classrooms, Taxpayers

Advocates of More Education Spending Ignoring Billions in Other Funds

Gubernatorial Candidate Makes Inaccurate Claim About Education Spending

The $2 Billion Education Funding Myth

Reality Check: Michigan Public Schools Getting More Money For Fewer Students

Michigan Auto Jobs On the Rebound Thanks to 'Leaner and Meaner' Manufacturers