California v. Chino Valley Unified School District

LJC represents the Chino Valley Unified School District to defend it against California Attorney General Rob Bonta’s lawsuit, which attempts to block the district’s recently implemented parental notification policy.

On August 28th, 2023, California Attorney General Rob Bonta filed a temporary restraining order to prevent the Chino Valley Unified School District from enforcing their recently-implemented parental notification policy. This policy ensures parents receive critical information related to their children’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being by requiring school administrators to inform parents if their children request to be referred to by a name or by pronouns that differ from those on official records or ask to enroll in programs or use facilities that don’t align with their sex at birth. In a hearing on September 6th, Judge Thomas Garza of San Bernardino County granted the Attorney General’s motion for a temporary restraining order until the matter could be considered in full.

On September 11th, the Liberty Justice Center stepped in to represent Chino Valley Unified School District and defend it against the Attorney General’s lawsuit.

“The Chino Valley Unified School District was right to implement a policy ensuring parents have access to information that impacts their children’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being,” said LJC Senior Counsel Emily Rae. “We look forward to defending the propriety of this policy in court.”

Despite the Attorney General’s lawsuit against Chino Valley, multiple other districts are considering or have implemented similar parental notification policies.

“I can’t believe we’re at a point in America where authoritarians in power are fighting this hard to keep sexual secrets about children from their own parents,” said LJC Board Member Corey DeAngelis. “They are now using the heavy hand of the state to subvert local control and try to strip away the most fundamental parental rights. I’m proud of the parents in Chino Valley Unified who are fighting back for their constitutional right to direct the upbringing of their children. I’m proud to be a board member at Liberty Justice Center, fighting alongside them. We will win this war the authoritarians are waging on parents.”


Emily Rae

Emily Rae is a Senior Counsel at the Liberty Justice Center, where she litigates cases to protect individual liberties, prevent government overreach, and preserve other constitutional rights.

Dean McGee

Dean McGee is Liberty Justice Center’s Educational Freedom Attorney, where he focuses on empowering parents and students to choose the educational path that best meets their needs.

Noelle Daniel

Noelle Daniel

Noelle Daniel is a staff attorney at Liberty Justice Center where she assists in cases to protect the rights to free speech, economic liberty, private property, and other Constitutional rights in courts across the country.

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Case In The News

The Federalist
October 31, 2023

(The Federalist)—In an attempt to shift public opinion against the Chino Valley Unified School District, which is currently embroiled in a fight with California Attorney General Rob Bonta over its new parental notification policy, The New York Times published an article smearing the fight to protect parents’ rights. The CVUSD policy, which passed...

Fox News
October 23, 2023

(Fox News)—Portions of a Southern California school district’s parental notification policy will remain blocked, after a judge granted a preliminary injunction to the state of California to stop the measure the state says discriminates against LGBTQ students. Chino Valley Unified School District passed the policy in July. Part of the...

American Family News
October 23, 2023

In Maryland, a group seeks to have sexually explicit books removed from school libraries and is being portrayed as enemies of speech and enlightenment. Meanwhile, in California, parents believe they should be informed if their child shows signs of gender confusion while at school—an argument with which the state disagrees....

The Center Square
October 20, 2023

(The Center Square) – Judge Michael Sachs of the Superior Court of California partially upheld and partially blocked parts of Chino Valley Unified School District’s controversial gender change notification policy that has drawn attention from state leaders as the latest battleground in the culture war. Sachs issued an injunction against...

California Family Council
October 16, 2023

(California Family Council)—In a case that has sparked intense debate surrounding parental rights, student privacy, and whether public schools can keep secrets from parents, the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino, is set to become the stage for a legal showdown this Thursday, October 19. Judge Michael Sachs...

Daily Signal
October 6, 2023

(Daily Signal)—A Southern California school district requires teachers and staff to notify parents when their children say they have been bullied, are considering self-harm, or decide to publicly identify as a gender opposite their biological sex at school. But California’s Democratic attorney general, Rob Bonta, sued the district to block that...

National Review
September 13, 2023

(National Review)—Bipartisanship in California is rare — but mess with children anywhere, and parents will fight back. Six California school districts passed parental notification laws this summer that require schools to notify parents if a child requests a gender transition or experiences gender confusion. More districts will follow. Even though...

The Federalist
September 12, 2023

(The Federalist)—California has gone to great lengths in recent months to punish the people and institutions who want to protect children from the dangers of radical gender ideology. Chino Valley Unified School District, the school system responsible for nearly 27,000 students in San Bernardino County, is just one of the institutions facing a state-led attack...

The Center Square
September 12, 2023

(The Center Square)—In a case that could determine the future of parental notification policies for gender changes across California, the Chino Valley School District will be facing off against the California Department of Justice during an October 13 hearing for a full preliminary injunction against the school district’s new policy....



California v. Chino Valley Unified School District


August 28, 2023


Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Bernardino




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