Walker inks education bill that redirects marijuana tax money
"It just had that feel about it," Governor Bill Walker said. "It was exciting being dropped off here at the front door. It felt like the first day of school."
Governor Walker attended the Anchorage School District's unofficial first day of school for principals and district leaders. Walker was a guest speaker for the crowd of over 300 and also signed into law Senate Bill 104.
"It does a couple things," Gov. Walker said. "First, it creates a pilot program for four schools, two urban and two rural. It would have intensified teaching, which is a different concept in our Alaska Education Challenge."
Started in 2016, the Alaska Education Challenge was started when the State Board of Education and Early Development established five strategic priorities aimed at improving public education for all students in Alaska.
"It also deals with some of the funding with the marijuana tax," Gov. Walker said. "Revenue from that tax, 25 percent will go into a program associated with marijuana awareness and those kinds of things. It's a multifaceted piece of legislation. A lot of hands involved with this one and it's a very good piece of legislation."
Governor Walker signed the bill on the East High School auditorium stage with educators behind him. Governor Walker also praised the teachers and the district.
"I was on a plane Sunday from Fairbanks, and I asked the guy next to me what he did for a living," Gov. Walker said. "The man said he hauled precious cargo. The man was a school bus driver and said he absolutely loved his job. I just want to tell all of you in the districts, teachers, leaders, administrators, thank you for all that you do day in and day out. You are one of our most precious resources in Alaska."
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