Court Ruling Prevents Three New Jersey School Districts from Implementing Mandatory Parental Notification Gender Policy
A New Jersey state judge has blocked three school districts from implementing a policy that would require schools to inform parents if their
A New Jersey Judge Blocks Policy on Gender Identity Notification
A New Jersey state judge has blocked three school districts from implementing a policy that would require schools to inform parents if their child changes their gender identity. Judge David Bauman issued a preliminary injunction against the new gender transition policy adopted by the Manalapan-Englishtown, Marlboro, and Middletown school districts.
Judge Rules on Impact of Gender Transition Policies
A judge has ruled that the implementation of new gender transition policies in three New Jersey school districts may have a disparate impact on transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary youth. The judge stated that the state has shown a reasonable probability of success in its claim. The policies were approved by all three school districts on June 20.
New Policy Requires Parental Notification
A new policy has been implemented that requires schools to inform parents if their children express a desire to change their gender identity, including their preferred pronouns or name. The policy also states that parents should be notified if their children wish to use bathrooms or participate in sports teams that align with the opposite sex. However, there is an exception to these policies if there is a concern that notifying parents could potentially harm the student.
Parents Demand Transparency
Parents in three New Jersey school districts are demanding more transparency from schools regarding their children. At a recent school board meeting, a mother from Middletown expressed her opposition to co-parenting with the government. The issue has sparked heated discussions and concerns among local parents.
Judge Rules in Favor of New Jersey Attorney General
A judge has ruled in favor of the New Jersey Attorney General in a lawsuit against three school districts. The districts were accused of violating a state discrimination law and putting transgender students at risk by outing them against their will. The lawsuit argued that this practice posed mental health risks, increased the likelihood of physical harm and suicides, and discouraged students from seeking support. The judge's decision supports the need for a safe and supportive learning environment for all students.
Caution Against Linking Non-Affirmation and Suicide
Critics are warning against making a direct connection between not affirming trans-identifying children and suicide. They argue that children with gender dysphoria often have other mental health issues like depression and anxiety, so it is important not to exaggerate any perceived link.
Concerns Over Parental Notification Limitations
The attorney for the Marlboro school board, Marc Zitomer, criticized a ruling that would limit the school district's ability to inform parents about important issues involving their children. Zitomer expressed concern that parents would be left uninformed while the case goes through the court system.
Marlboro District Considers Appealing State Guidance
The Marlboro district in New Jersey is considering appealing a state guidance that requires school districts to accept and affirm students' asserted gender identities without parental consent. The district is exploring its options for challenging this directive.
New Jersey Issues Guidance for Transgender Students
The state of New Jersey has issued guidance for school districts regarding transgender students. The guidance emphasizes that schools must address transgender students by their preferred name and pronouns. It also states that these students have the right to use bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity.
California School Districts Ordered to Comply with Guidance
Three school districts in California have been ordered to comply with state guidance that requires them to provide transgender students with equal access to educational programs and activities. This includes situations where objections or concerns are raised by other students, parents, or community members. The three districts serve a combined total of approximately 18,000 students.