The state’s attorney general sues the school district to prevent the policy from going into effect.
“…However, the proponents of the Parental Notification Policy intend to fight this lawsuit, confident that state and federal laws don’t give children privacy rights from their own parents, especially at young ages….”
The People of the State of California, ex. rel. Rob Bonta, Attorney General of the State of California, Plaintiff v. Chino Valley Unified School District, Defendant
State of California Department of Justice
Rob Bonta, Attorney General
“In today’s lawsuit, Attorney General Bonta argues that the policy infringes on several state protections safeguarding students’ civil and constitutional rights, including:
- California’s Equal Protection Clause: The policy unlawfully discriminates and singles out students who request to identify with or use names or pronouns different from those on their birth certificates, or who access programs or facilities that, in the view of the Board, are not “aligned” with the student’s gender.
- California’s Education and Government Code: Education is a fundamental right in California, and California Education Code Sections 200 and 220 and Government Code section 11135 also ensure equal rights and opportunities for every student and prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. The policy violates these fundamental anti-discrimination protections.
- California’s constitutional right to privacy: California’s constitution expressly protects the right to “privacy,” including both “informational privacy,” and “autonomy privacy,” and the policy’s mandate to out transgender and gender-nonconforming students against their wishes or without their consent violates that right.”