Tenure and other job protections for California's public school teachers were ruled unconstitutional Tuesday by a judge presiding in a lawsuit brought by nine students.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu cited the historic case of Brown v. Board of Education in ruling that all students are entitled to equal education and said the current situation discriminates against minority and low-income students in placing ineffective teachers in their schools.

"Plaintiffs claim that the challenged statutes result in grossly ineffective teachers obtaining and retaining permanent employment, and that these teachers are disproportionately situated in schools serving predominantly low-income and minority students," the decision said.

The judge said the plaintiffs' equal-protection claims validly stated that the statutes violated their fundamental rights to equality of education.

"This court finds that plaintiffs have met their burden of proof on all issues presented," he wrote. 

At another point in the decision, he wrote that "there is also no dispute that there are a significant number of grossly ineffective teachers currently active in California classrooms."

The ruling could have national implications because other states tackling the issue are also paying close attention to how the ruling plays out in the nation's most populous state.

"It's powerful," said Theodore Boutrous Jr., the plaintiffs' attorney who presented the case in court. "It's a landmark decision that can change the face of education in California and nationally."

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