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Newsom, Bonta Dismissed From Teacher Suit Over Transgender Disclosure Policy

Newsom, Bonta Dismissed From Teacher Suit Over Transgender Disclosure Policy

A Worldwide Stop the War Against Children Rally to protest the sexualization of children, secret gender transitions of minors and pornographic books at schools, and other issues in San Diego on Oct. 21, 2023. (Brad Jones/The Epoch Times)

Micaela Ricaforte

Micaela Ricaforte

5/1/2024

Updated: 5/1/2024

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state Attorney General Rob Bonta have been removed as defendants in a lawsuit brought by two teachers over a policy that bans teachers from notifying parents of a student’s gender transition.
Elizabeth Mirabelli and Lori Ann West, two teachers in the Escondido School District in San Diego County, sued the district and several administration members over the policy in April 2023, claiming it violated their religious freedom and free speech.
In January, the plaintiffs added Mr. Newsom and Mr. Bonta as defendants, saying the lawmakers are also responsible for the enforcement of the rule due to California Education Department guidance, which states that “disclosing that a student is transgender without the student’s permission may violate California’s antidiscrimination law by increasing the student’s vulnerability to harassment and may violate the student’s right to privacy.”
Mr. Newsom and Mr. Bonta asked the court to dismiss them as defendants because the school district’s protocol was based on “guidance” and not binding policies or official law, and the judge granted their request.
Emmanuelle Soichet, an attorney representing the attorney general, said during an April 29 hearing that the state was “ready to disavow any enforcement.”
However, Paul Jonna of the Thomas More Society, who represents the two plaintiffs, argued that other school districts across the state that passed policies requiring parents to be notified if their child identifies as transgender were pressured to comply with the state’s guidance.
Mr. Jonna cited Mr. Newsom’s threat to sue the Temecula Valley Unified School District last summer for not approving a social studies curriculum that included supplementary material that mentioned Harvey Milk, a gay rights advocate who allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a minor. The board eventually approved the curriculum with exceptions.
However, the judge concluded that Mr. Newsom’s statements against the Temecula Valley School Board have not yet crossed over into state action and took Ms. Soichet’s statements that the state would not enforce the guideline as binding.
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Micaela Ricaforte

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Micaela Ricaforte covers education in Southern California for The Epoch Times. In addition to writing, she is passionate about music, books, and coffee.

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