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Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods in his office at the state Capitol, Feb. 13, 2015.
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Gov. Nathan Deal has said his top priority this year is to address struggling schools. That's what House Bill 338 aims to do. The plan creates a "Chief Turnaround Officer" to oversee low-performing schools. But there's disagreement on who that person should report to.

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The bill calls for the person in that new position to report to the state board of education.

Michael Eric Dyson, scholar and author, talks about his latest book, “Tears We Cannot Stop,” which looks at the nation’s racial history and Trump’s path to the White House.
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Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Dr. Celine Saulnier, (R), sets up a child in the toddler eye-tracking research equipment as a fellow prepares to monitor her eye movements.
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Like a lot of parents, Shannon Hewett knew the signs of autism. She looked out for them when her son TJ was born.

“When he was a baby, he made eye contact with me—and even today, if he is engaging with me socially, he will make eye contact,” she said.

But it turns out TJ is autistic, even with all that eye contact.  He was diagnosed when he was 2 years old, after Shannon noticed he wasn’t talking the way other kids did. TJ also had problems with social cues; Shannon said it was often like he didn’t even hear her when she called his name.

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This is not one of those stories about millennials.

Even though people in their 20s and 30s are often credited as the prime movers and shakers in the “hipster-fication” of Atlanta’s east side—the influx of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops that have swept in with the advent of the Atlanta Beltline—this story’s about a different demographic.

People like Bob and Bunny Lenhard.

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Candler Park resident Anandi Salinas still remembers how excited she was when the residential/retail hub Ponce City Market opened its doors in 2015.

“I was like, ‘Oh! Let’s go check out Ponce City Market!’ And we walked over there, and I needed to buy a yoga mat," she says.

The mat she ended up buying cost $80—which is pricey for a grad student like her.

“And I was like, ‘This is the most expensive thing I’ve ever bought,’ and I quickly felt really out of place, and I just bought it and left.” 

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