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A group formed in 2003 to fight Gov. Bob Riley's $1.2 billion tax plan is back with ads saying updating Alabama's constitution could help the state's economic recovery.

The Alabama Public Policy Foundation is running radio ads saying Amendments 4, 9 and 10 would be good "for jobs in Alabama." Amendment 4 would remove language on racially separate schools and poll taxes. Amendments 9 and 10 would update portions of the constitution dealing with corporations and banks.

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Alabama Education Association is urging citizens to vote no on Amendment 4, which would remove language from Alabama's constitution providing for separate schools by race and for poll taxes.

AEA is fighting the proposed constitutional amendment because it restates language added to the constitution in 1956 to inhibit school integration. That language says there is no right to a public education in Alabama.

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Alabama voters on Nov. 6 will get another chance to remove racist sections of the Alabama Constitution. Amendment No. 4 on the ballot would remove language from the 1901 Alabama Constitution that includes providing for separate schools for black and white students and levying a poll tax. Supporters say this amendment is different from one narrowly rejected by voters in 2004. That one removed the same sections, but also removed language that says there is no right to a public education at taxpayer's expense.