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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has decided to let a lawsuit go ahead against California public officials and the Los Angeles Unified School District that could radically change the way the district hires and fires public school teachers.

Judge Rolf Treu of the Los Angeles Superior Court rejected a motion by state defendants and teacher unions to throw out the case.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of students in a low-income area who claim current laws keep bad teachers on the job, violating their right to a good education. It seeks to eliminate the last hired-first fired rule; overturn a law that outlines steps districts must take before teachers can be fired; and abolish a teacher tenure law.

The court set a trial date of Jan. 27.

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