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

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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 the education reporter for the Las Vegas Sun from 2002 to 2010, and in 2011 she was Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. She blogs at www.educatedreporter.com.

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