Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson on Monday issued the statement below following the House’s passage of several important bills to address Washington’s education system:

“The House on Monday made it crystal clear – education is the most important issue we must address this year.

“We only have a limited amount of time with which to work. The sense of urgency displayed by the House showed where their priorities lie. I hope the Senate Republicans will follow suit.

“I’m calling on Senate Republican leadership to act quickly on these critical education bills. We owe it to Washington’s one million school kids to address issues like unfair high stakes testing, the state’s teacher shortage and a bill to reaffirm our commitment to take action during the 2017 legislative session in order to fully fund education.

“Our time is limited. I applaud the House for acting so quickly. I encourage Senate Republicans to do the same.”