Tennessee Education Report is a joint project of Zack Barnes and Andy Spears.
Zack Barnes is a former legislative assistant and Capitol Hill Press Corps member. While a legislative assistant, he specifically covered all the education committees at the Tennessee General Assembly and all House floor sessions. He earned a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from Ball State University, where he was active in educational psychology research. He is currently a PhD student in Literacy Studies at MTSU. His research interests revolved around working memory, closing the research to practice gap, and education policy. Zack is currently a middle school special education teacher in Nashville. Please follow Zack on twitter @Zbarnes.
Andy Spears owns the public policy consulting firm Spears Strategy which provides policy and advocacy consulting to school systems, non-profits, and parent groups. Spears holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration with an emphasis in education policy. Over the past 15 yeas, he has worked in public policy roles in state and local government in Kentucky and Tennessee. Follow @TheAndySpears for his take on politics and policy.