Group asks Supreme Court to Consider Ala. Tax Case

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Attorneys for a group of poor Alabama schoolchildren and their parents are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to considering scrapping Alabama's property tax system.

The group maintains in a petition filed with the court that Alabama's property tax system is unfair to minority students.

Reports say that the group argues that the system was set up to give wealthy landowners low rates, ensuring limited funding for public schools attended by minority children in Alabama's rural black belt.

A U.S. District Court in Huntsville and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals have both sided with the state, but the plaintiffs argue the case is important enough for the Supreme Court to take it up. The new petition was filed in Lynch vs. Alabama.

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