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In 2010, Plaintiffs filed an action claiming that the State violated Kan. Const. art. VI, 6(b) by inequitably and inadequately funding K-12 public education. A three-judge panel determined that, through the School District Finance and Quality Performance Act (SDFQPA), the State had inequitably and inadequately funded education in violation of Article 6. On appeal, the Supreme Court affirmed the panel on equity but determined that the panel did not apply the correct standard in concluding that the State violated the adequacy component. On remand, the panel declared the financing under the SDFQPA and the subsequently enacted Classroom Learning Assuring Student Success Act (CLASS), which replaced the SDFQPA, to be constitutionally inadequate. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the panel correctly found that the financing system is constitutionally inadequate. As a remedy, the Court stayed the issuance of today’s mandate and ordered that, by June 30, 2017, the State must demonstrate that any K-12 public education financing system the legislature enacts is capable of meeting the adequacy requirements of Article 6. Otherwise, a lifting of the stay of today’s mandate will mean that the State’s education financing system is constitutionally invalid and therefore void.