Senate Democratic Floor Leader Christine Rolfes issued the statement below following today’s Supreme Court ruling:

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling that the state is in contempt for failing to adequately fund the education of Washington’s one million school kids should come as no surprise and serve as a wakeup call. The 2015 Legislature will be faced with an unprecedented challenge in meeting this directive, but also with an opportunity to finally do right by our state’s kids, teachers, principals and families.

“I believe the Court has done us a favor. I was alarmed last year to watch some in the legislature completely dismissed the Court’s directive. I hope today’s announcement will convince everyone that the Court is not only serious, but that we have difficult decisions to make that will require real compromise to reach real solutions.”