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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.

Detroit Shows that Poverty is Not Stopping Parents from Opting for School Choice

Democratic Lawmakers Target Charter Public Schools, School Choice

Michigan Paid 'Stupidity of American Voter' Obamacare Architect $481,050

State Superintendent Claims Detroit Public Schools Has Dramatic Teacher Shortage

State Can’t Name Any School Closed for Poor Performance

Charter School Group Warns State Superintendent

Google Doesn't Hit Ann Arbor Job Projections, But Still a Media Favorite

In Great Lakes States, Union Retribution Fizzles

School District May Have Crossed Legal Line in Tax Request

Michigan School Rankings Ignore Effects of Student Background

In comparing schools' performance, state ignores what one national expert says may be the prime determinant in academic achievement … more

Almost Every Teacher and Administrator at Poor Performing Districts Rated 'Effective'

'Batman vs. Superman' Swings Super Subsidy Deals from Multiple States

False School 'Cuts' Narrative Takes Another Hit

Michigan Senate Votes to Remove Sunset Provision Ending Hollywood Subsidies

State of Michigan Granted $3 Billion in Special Tax Credits to Big 3 Automakers

Little House on the Subsidized Prairie

Schauer Jobs Plan Pricetag: $3.7 Billion

During the 'Lost Decade,' Michigan Shed More Jobs Than U.S. as a Whole

Union Says Photo IDs not Necessary to Vote — Unless You Vote to Leave Union

Union Leader Celebrates Failing School’s Performance

Michigan Finally Reverses the Number of People Leaving

Michigan's 'Lost Decade' Was Historic

Libertarian Think Tank Grades Gov. Snyder Low for Tax Hike Intentions

Memo to Reporters: Follow the Money!

Without Fracking, Oil Prices Would be at Record Highs

Some Progressives Want to Silence, not Debate, Opponents

U-M Economist Says Feds Shortchanging Michigan by Tens of Thousands of Jobs

A Democrat's Reasons For Supporting School Choice

Union Bullying Members is Shedding Them: Over 500 People Leave Operating Engineers

Top DIA Officials Receive Huge Raises While Running Deficit, Raking in Taxpayer Money

Environmental Group Praises Michigan For Press Releases About 'Green Jobs'

Liberal Economist: 'Mostly White' Oakland County Deserves the Blame For Detroit's Problems

Michigan Now Spending More on Teacher Retiree Liabilities Than Prisons

The Growth of Michigan's 'Shadow Government'

Dropping Union Health Insurance Saves District $737K

Ann Arbor Schools Bargains Over 'Prohibited Subject'

Gap Between Teacher Salaries and Private-Sector Workers Increasing

'Worst Fears' of MEA Realized as Teachers Leave

Superintendent Doing Something About Illegal Contract Provision

School Districts Across the State Violating Michigan Right-to-Work Law

Number of Michigan Residents on Food Stamps Finally Declining

Education Rally Long on Emotion, Short on Facts

Union Falsely Tells Teachers They Lose Sick Leave Benefits if They Opt Out

Detroit Expected $55 Million in Property Tax Revenue; It Brought in $6.7 Million

Attorney Questions School Superintendent on Charter School Action

MEA Sends Collections Agency After Another Member Trying To Leave

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