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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.

Superintendent Concerned Teachers Will Bolt After Pay Cuts

While Schools Ignore Merit Pay Law, State Has No Authority to Enforce It

Myths and Exaggerations About Teacher Pay

Michigan Education Association Has Lost 34,000 Members in Last 10 Years

Have Schools Faced 'Seemingly Permanent Funding Cuts'?

Pension System Costs the Monster That Ate School Funding Increases

Pension Costs Eating Up Extra School Money

U-M Economist Forecasts Drop In School-Aged Children To Continue 'At a Very Rapid Rate'

Michigan Grapples With Fewest Number of Students In Decades

The Myth of Teacher Poverty

How Unions, Districts Hold Back Michigan's Best Teachers

No Accountability? 30 Percent of Detroit's Charter Schools Have Closed

Teachers Making Over $80,000 Say They Need Second Jobs 'To Make Ends Meet'

Michigan Schools Improving Financially as Dire Predictions Shown to be False

Bipartisan Reading Bill Not Just 'Read or Flunk'

With Right-to-Work, Employees No Longer Have to Put Up With Unions Opposed to Their Values

National Teachers Union Boasts of Having 'Conservative' Members While Undermining Their Values

Gov. Granholm in 2009: 'Movie Studio to Create 700 Jobs;' Six Years Later - Nada

Union President Attacks School Board While They Pay Her Not to Teach

Media Echo Chamber Repeats Same Misinformation on Road Funding

Independent Union Shows Unions Can Prosper Under Right-To-Work

Number of People Collecting Unemployment in Michigan Plummets Nearly 90 Percent

State Income Tax Also Serves as Stealth Welfare Program

U.S. Supreme Court Accepts Case to Give 'Right-to-Work' to All Public Employees

New State School Super Favors Merit Pay for Teachers

Top 1 Percent Paid 15 Percent of State Income Tax While Bottom 33 Percent Received Millions

Michigan Has Third Largest GDP Growth Since Recession

Teachers Union Promotes Website Telling Dissident Member 'Go to Hell'

"Steve Cook" Bill Introduced After Cap Con Investigation

Schools Receiving More and More Money, But it Goes to Pensions

The Real Story About Highland Park Schools

State's Corporate Welfare Agency Takes Credit for Creating Jobs in Good Times ... and Bad

Teacher Evaluations in Michigan Public Schools: One Size Fits All

Detroit's Reform District Doesn't Have One Great Teacher According to Evaluations

Michigan School Pension Fund Liability Grows to $26.5 Billion

Teachers Union Rails at For-Profit Charters While its Leaders Spike Own School Pensions

Teachers Union Presidents Extract Lucrative Benefits from Schools – For Themselves

District Doesn't Take Evaluations Seriously, Now Laying Off its Best Teachers

Successful Public School System Would Charge Tuition, Screen Applicants

Lansing Schools: MEA President Steve Cook's Deal Never Considered 'Long Term Thing'

Property Tax Revenue on the Rise

Fossil Fuel Investments Yield Big Returns for State Pension Funds

Local Union Leaves Michigan Education Association

Prop 1 Unpopularity to Voters was Unprecedented

Gov. Snyder's Plan for Detroit Public Schools Meets Legislative Skepticism