Politico, by Libby A. Nelson

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW IN OBAMA’S EDUCATION PLAN  — The president brought back some familiar proposals in his two speeches on the economy, both at college campuses Wednesday. The keys to Obama’s education plan: pre-K for all, college affordability, high-speed Internet in schools and libraries and a renewed focus on job training at community colleges. The pre-K and community college proposals are both recycled ideas from past budgets and policy speeches. Education advocates love them, but Congress has been lukewarm. No sign yet that Congressional Republicans are more likely to embrace a tobacco tax for early childhood education or $8 billion in new spending on community colleges than they were a year ago. …Read more