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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.

School District Overspending for Last Nine Years Keeps Getting More Funding Per Pupil

Even Compared to Workers With College Degrees, Teachers Are Well Paid

Detroit Public Schools Takes Out a Loan to Pay Off Another Loan

State Senator Blames Public School Choice After Fight Makes News

Parents Complain Students From Adjacent Districts 'Overcrowding' Their Schools

Federal Money to Michigan Schools is Dropping

Former Teacher Lionized by Left for Resignation Letter Omitted Key Details

Number of Public School Districts in Debt At Six-Year Low

Skyrocketing Pension Costs Trigger Parent Angst Over Loss of Teachers

School Pension Costs Have Increased by $622 Per Pupil

Michigan's Private Sector Economy Firing on All Cylinders

Detroit Police Salaries Modest, But Not Peanuts

No Raises For Ten Years? Teachers' Contract Tells a Different Story

Michigan Democratic Staffer: Homeschooling Lobby 'Scary', Not Rational

State’s Faltering District Managers All Given High Rankings

Michigan Leads the Country in Unemployment Recovery

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