The High Court of Kansas ruled today [Friday, March 7th 2014] in two parts.

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled unanimously Friday that the state needs to increase funding for public K-12 schools, but sent the decision back to the Shawnee County District Court to enforce.

The Supreme court dismissed claims from individual plaintiffs in Gannon v. State of Kansas but ruled school districts had standing to bring the claims. The court also rejected the state’s argument that the court had no authority to decide whether or not the Kansas Legislature had underfunded education.

The Supreme Court set a July 1 deadline to give the Kansas Legislature an opportunity to respond.