[T]he White House is considering a major step to boost early childhood education. According to sources close to the administration, Duncan and the Department of Health and Human Services are outlining a plan to create universal pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds from low- and some middle-income families — approximately 1.85 million children. The plan, which is projected to cost as much as $10 billion to implement in full, is still under review by the White House, but sources said that last Tuesday, Linda Smith, an HHS official, discussed the proposal at a meeting of early childhood advocates.
Personally, I'm not a big fan of Arne Duncan and his bullshit corporate reform agenda, but universal preschool (and yeah, I know the proposal is not technically "universal") would more than make up for it. And $10 billion? Such a bargain when you consider the enormous return on investment.
There's been all this talk about President Obama making guns, immigration, and climate the top three priorities of his second term, but if he manages to push this through, universal preschool ("Obamaschool?") could be his most lasting legacy after Obamacare.