Tampa Free Press

Liberty Justice Center Urges Court to Uphold a California School District’s Revised Parental Notification Policy

June 21, 2024

(Tampa Free Press)—The Liberty Justice Center, representing the Chino Valley Unified School District, has filed a motion for summary judgment, urging the Superior Court of California to issue a final ruling upholding the District’s revised parental notification policy.

The case, California v. Chino Valley Unified School District, began in August 2023 when Attorney General Rob Bonta sought to block the District’s original policy. The Liberty Justice Center stepped in to defend the District pro bono.

Following a judge’s initial rulings, the District updated its policy in March, retaining the requirement that parents be notified of changes to their child’s official or unofficial records but removing language regarding notifications for requests to use different names, pronouns, or facilities.

The Liberty Justice Center’s motion argues that the revised policy aligns with both the U.S. Constitution and California law, and therefore the Court should rule in favor of the District and dismiss the Attorney General’s challenge.

This development marks a significant step in the ongoing legal battle surrounding parental rights and school policies. The Liberty Justice Center’s motion seeks to bring clarity and resolution to the issue, ensuring that parents are informed about important aspects of their child’s education.

“Both versions of Chino Valley’s parental notification policy are common sense and constitutional. Furthermore, in light of the District’s updates to the policy in March, Attorney General Bonta’s lawsuit is moot,” said Emily Rae, Senior Counsel at the Liberty Justice Center. “We urge the Court to rule in favor of the Chino Valley Unified School District, and look forward to continuing to defend the rights of parents and guardians to direct their minor children’s care and upbringing.”

In addition to the Chino Valley Unified School District, the Liberty Justice Center is also representing the Rocklin Unified School District in a lawsuit over its parental notification policy.