According to the Wall Street Journal editorial board: "The feds are going to educate your toddler no matter the evidence." If the WSJ editorial board can't even be bothered to understand what the President called for on preschool last week I'm not sure why anyone should care what they think of the proposal. (For the record, the administration is proposing a state-federal funding partnership to expand pre-k access using existing community- and school-based providers, not a federally-run program.)
I've already explained here most of the reasons why the WSJ is wrong about the evidence on pre-k (Note: Head Start=/=all pre-k). But you've got to give them some credit--it takes a special something to claim with a straight face that Russ Whitehurst, the Heritage Foundation, and Charles Murray agreeing on something is "as close to an intellectual policy consensus as Washington gets."