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Texas' court to rule on school finance

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- The Texas Supreme Court has been asked to rule on the constitutionality of the state's $30 billion school finance system.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott Tuesday urged the state's highest court to act as quickly as possible because of the issue's importance to the state.

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The Legislature convenes in less than two weeks with school finance reform as one of the top priorities.

State District Judge John Dietz ruled last month Texas school funding is inadequate and the law creates a statewide property tax that is unconstitutional. He said the Legislature must act by next fall.

Wealthy school districts filed suit against the so-called "Robin Hood" system that takes some money from property-rich districts and distributes it to poor districts.

Gov. Rick Perry convened a special session of the Legislature earlier this year to solve the school finance problem, but they failed to come up with a solution.

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