Murrieta School Board Decides to Keep Its Trans Notification Policy in Place

The Murrieta Valley Unified Board of Education has chosen to defy a staff recommendation – and a state order – to abandon its transgender parental notification policy. On Thursday, the board voted 3 to 2 to keep the controversial policy in place.

“We have a right as a board to defy a dictatorial governor and bureaucracy — or whatever — that tries to take away our rights as parents and as citizens — as a duly elected board,” said Trustee Nick Pardue in a quote from the Los Angeles Times. “We have legal standing and we should absolutely stand up for our rights against dictators.”

Pardue and the rest of the board’s majority believe parents have the right to know if their child identifies as a gender other than the one assigned at birth, whether or not the student gives consent.

Trustee Linda Lunn, who voted against retaining the policy, accused the board of “weaponizing Murrieta Valley Unified to play politics with Sacramento."

The policy is still winding its way through the courts, and has garnered conflicting rulings. The Chino Valley Unified School District altered its language last month to comply with one of those court decisions. Under the new CVUSD policy, parents must only be notified when a student requests a change of their official school records. The new policy makes no specific mention of gender or pronouns. 



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