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Previously, contributions were made by Zack Barnes and those contributions remain attributed to Mr. Barnes.
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.