Yesterday the Washington State Senate voted to approve Republican education bills that fail to address the requirement set forth by the Supreme Court to fund education and our schools. Sen. Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island, issued the following statement:

“According to legislation passed yesterday, if Republicans in the Senate were a school they would have earned an “F” for failing to do their paramount duty and fund education. They brought before us a list of more unfunded mandates without any reference to how we will pay for them as a state.”

“I am proud of my Democratic colleagues, especially those on the Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee, who reiterated what Republicans call reforms are really just hollow promises, and who were relentless in advocating for our children who will potentially be affected by this legislation.

“Republicans clearly showed that they are more concerned about labeling our schools and offering unfunded mandates than creating real results.

“We cannot keep raising expectations of our schools and our students when there is no clear plan in place to give them the critical resources and funding they require.”