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In a contentious move through the state Legislature, a bill aimed at curbing school districts' mandates to inform parents about their child's gender expression has gained momentum. At least six California school districts recently adopted policies requiring staff disclosure of a child's gender identity changes, sparking debates over parental rights and educational oversight.

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By Catholic Online (California Network)
6/17/2024 (4 weeks ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: parental rights, privacy concerns, LGBTQ youth, California legislation, educational policy, family involvement

The Chino Valley Unified School District faced backlash for its implementation of such policies, prompting a legal challenge from state authorities, resulting in a policy reversal earlier this year. Similar debates surfaced in Sacramento-area schools, underscoring regional tensions on educational governance.

Authored by San Diego Assembly member Chris Ward, the bill asserts that barring imminent danger, educators lack authority to disclose sensitive information without a student's consent. Ward emphasized the need for a uniform approach across schools, advocating for environments prioritizing student confidentiality.

Support for Ward's initiative comes from Assembly member James Gallagher of Chico, who champions parental involvement across all facets of a child's educational journey. Gallagher contends that regardless of the issue, be it mental health, special education, or healthcare because parents deserve inclusion in decision-making processes.

Passed by the state Senate and forwarded to the Assembly Education Committee, the bill confronts existing state privacy laws governing disclosure of gender identity information. 

As the bill progresses, it spotlights fundamental questions about parent's rights to raise their children, and to know what is happening to them in California's public schools. 

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