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Shumlin signs universal early education bill

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Gov. Peter Shumlin is signing into law a bill calling for every 3- and 4-year-old in Vermont to have access to at least 10 hours a week of publicly funded, pre-kindergarten education.

Backers of the bill say it will add about $10 million a year in costs to the state's Education Fund by 2021. But they say much more in the long run because many of the children will be given a good enough educational start that special education and corrections costs will be saved.

The bill contains a provision allowing public money to follow a child from his or her home school district to another one --for example, where a parent works.

Some critics of the measure say they oppose that provision.

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