Gov. Chris Gregoire today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling in the case of McCleary v. the State of Washington, regarding funding for public education:
"Along with the Legislature, I've worked hard to ensure that every student across our state is afforded a quality education. It's what our children deserve, and what our economy requires. I'm pleased today's ruling by the Supreme Court recognizes our significant work to improve our education system, and acknowledges the critical reforms now being implemented.
"With that said, the Court ruled we must do more -- and I agree. The Court made it clear -- the Legislature, and all of us as a state, must provide dependable funding to implement the reforms we have worked so hard to develop. This ruling reinforces my call for a half-penny sales tax increase to invest in education. If we don't, we take a step backward and not only threaten a violation of the court's ruling, but make it more difficult for students to gain the skills and knowledge needed to compete in today's global economy."