Jayne Matthews Hopson

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New partnership offers students opportunity to earn AA degree tuition free

Good news for parents who seek to save thousands in higher education expenses and help for students looking to jump-start their college studies.

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Teacher combs her student’s hair, ignites heated debate

Blogger Vernessa Cole posted before and after photos of a little girl’s hair to illustrate a post about a teacher who became so distressed by the condition of a student’s unkempt appearance, she decided to comb, brush, remove lint and neatly braid the child’s hair.

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Celebrate the holiday season with classic children’s literature

While cleaning out a seldom, used closet, I spied my old steamer trunk. It was brand new years ago, when my mother filled the trunk with everything she thought I needed for my freshman year at Frostburg State College.

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EDUCATION MATTERS: A Mother’s Love builds academic confidence

Picasso’s observation is the guiding philosophy of A Mother’s Love, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing art-based educational programs and experiences to troubled students.

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A Mother’s Love: Art inspires troubled students

I have a confession to make. Never once in the nine years I have written Education Matters has this column touched on the unique academic needs and challenges of grade school students in the juvenile justice system.

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Making college completion mandatory, Part II

Undereducated, poor and middle class high school graduates are the cannon fodder of higher education.

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A doctoral candidate shares her successful homeschooling experience

Rachel Coleman is a remarkable young woman. Upon completion of high school she was accepted to Ball State University with a full tuition scholarship, graduated with highest honors in three years, and then earned a master’s degree.

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EDUCATION MATTERS: Is vocational education making a comeback?

Vocational education (VE) has long been viewed as the path of last resort for under-performing high school students.

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Backpacks, buses and bikes: Tips for eliminating school injuries

The start of a new school year is an excellent time to review precautions families can take to keep their children safe, both inside and outside the classroom. Without proper attention to basic safety measures, school can become a hazardous environment.

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How occupational therapy helps students to succeed

This week the Special Education series offers an overview of Occupational Therapy and how these services may improve your child’s life in and outside the classroom.

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