Details are sketchy, but Obama proposed working with states for pre-K expansion. State schools Superintendent Janet Barresi told the Journal she's not much interested in taking federal money for pre-K if it comes with strings attached, even though she and other education leaders are asking state lawmakers for increased common education funding.
It's too soon to know whether Obama's plan will fizzle out. And frankly, even if it does, it's not a bad thing for Americans to have meaningful conversations about the importance and affordability of school readiness and how to better prepare children for school at a time when children are expected to know more and do more at an increasingly early age.
If we're going to talk about education — and talk we must — the beginning is a good place to start.