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The most recent federal education law gives states and school districts more freedom when it comes to assessing student achievement and measuring school performance, some observers say.

But they also say the devil is in the details.

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That assessment was given by speakers at a recent conference at the University of Georgia.

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Georgia's workforce could face a talent gap unless it expands its career education programs and finds a way to keep college graduates in the state. That was the message at a critical issues forum held by the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education this week.

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Gov. Nathan Deal pushed for more access to mental health care services, called for changes to education and warned against big healthcare policy changes during his annual State of the State address Wednesday.

Deal proposed a 19 percent pay raise, on average, for caseworkers with the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), which handles foster care cases in the state.

He also announced that his proposed budget would include money to expand healthcare coverage for children with behavioral issues, as well as for people diagnosed with autism.

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Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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As U.S. immigrant populations have grown, some education experts say schools have had a hard time figuring out which students need help learning English. Many school districts rely on a Home Language Survey to decide whether a student should be tested for special classes for English Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL. But some parents in the Atlanta area say that screening process has meant their children, who speak fluent English, have been unnecessarily targeted. 

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