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Tom Gantert

Managing Editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential

Tom Gantert is Managing Editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, a daily news site of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

When Gantert arrived at Capitol Confidential as Senior Capitol Correspondent 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.

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The ‘50 Students Per Classroom’ Myth: Detroit Class Sizes Are Normal

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Fake News: HuffPost Article on DeVos Filled With Mistruths

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University of Michigan Violates Open Records Law

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New York Times Cherry-Picks Data In Takedown Of Michigan Charter Schools

New York Times Article, Critical of Charter Schools, Misses Key Point on School Funding

False Claims, Inaccuracies Rife in New York Times Article On Michigan Charter Schools

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Michigan Charter School Growth Modest Since Limits Lifted In 2011

Outgoing Leader Was Disastrous for Teachers Union

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Average Detroit Teacher Missed 13 Days Of School Last Year

Former Campaign Manager Cites Granholm's Job Creation Despite Loss of 596,000 Jobs

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Less Than A Year After Bailout, Detroit Schools Again Scramble to Stay Afloat

School Officials, Teachers Unions, Media All Complicit In Edu-Disinformation

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Rooting Out Suspected Bias A Full-Time Job At U-M

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Zero Dollars For Michigan Infrastructure? Only If $4 Billion For Transportation Not Counted

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Parents Blast District For Using Emergency Contact Info To Push Tax Vote

28 Months After Bankruptcy, Detroit Misses Fiscal Report Deadline A Second Time

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Doctored Video Promotes Authentic Tax Hike in Northern Michigan School District

Colbeck Introduces Bill to Crack Down on Campus Free Speech Infringements

The Fake School Employee: Retiring Union President Spikes $115K State Pension

It Would Take 600 Wind Turbines to Replace One Closing U.P. Coal Plant

Taxpayer Funded Electioneering in Full Swing Before May 2 Tax Votes

Wind Industry Titan Soaks Up Billions in Tax Subsidies

Official Collects Six-Figure Pay From Multiple Cities Simultaneously

Awash In Millions In Government Subsidies, Solar Company Still Shuttered Michigan Plant

State Dials Back Pollyannaish Pension Assumptions, Admits Deeper Hole

If Neighbor's Wind Turbine Flings Ice Chunks In Your Yard Is It Trespassing?

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State Officials' Pension Underfunding Crushing Michigan School Budgets

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Superintendent: We Don't Have Money To Give Top Teachers Merit Pay

Union Rules: Ineffective Teacher's Raise is 4x That of 'Teacher Of The Year'

Best Teachers Take Pay Cut In This Big Michigan School District