DREAMers, MOOCs, and Charter Schools: The Coming Year in Education

What lies ahead for U.S. grade schools and colleges? More demands on an already-strained system -- and innovative solutions to meet them.

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When it comes to public education, 2013 is likely to be a year of new thinking, from innovative approaches to classroom technology to a potentially game-changing decision by the Supreme Court on affirmative action. States and school districts will continue to struggle with the recession's fiscal fallout, even as demands for more programs and services -- including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiatives, extended learning time, and early childhood education -- increase.

There will also be increased pressure on states to address lingering concerns, including dismal graduation rates and the achievement gap for minorities and students from low-income families. Here's a sampling of some of the big stories that lie ahead on both the K-12 and higher education fronts.

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Emily Richmond is the public editor for the National Education Writers Association. She was previously the education reporter for the Las Vegas Sun.

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