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TAYORSVILLE — Utah schools got a big boost in funding Tuesday.

Students at Taylorsville Elementary School watched as Gov. Gary Herbert signed the new public education budget into law.

The bill will increase state funding for education by more than two percent, fund an elementary school reading program, and fund optional all-day kindergarten.

"This is an opportunity to grow economically — making sure we have a very educated, trained labor force," Herbert said. "These young people represent our future."

This is the first time in three years that new students entering the state's public education system will be paid for with new state dollars.

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