Schools and universities have to confront countless problems that threaten to divert them from their primary function: educating children. Insufficient funding, subpar facilities, lack of community support, dissatisfied employees and dysfunctional board members are just some of the obstacles that can prevent an education institution from achieving its goal.

Those responsible for overseeing the nation's millions of classrooms know they can't eliminate all the woes — expected and unexpected — that are likely to befall schools and universities as they begin another calendar year.

But school officials should be aware of the more prominent issues that probably will arise as they make decisions in the coming year. Here are 10 issues that educators and administrators should be prepared to deal with as they try to keep their institutions on the right track.