Murrieta school board could rescind — or rework — transgender notification policy

Rule, opposed by LGBTQ advocates, requires parents to be told if a child identifies as transgender

Murrieta’s school board could revise — if not scuttle — a policy requiring parents to be told if their child identifies as transgender seven months after passing it.

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An item on the Thursday, March 28, Murrieta Valley Unified School District board agenda would rescind the policy, one of at least several passed by California school boards that have divided parents, spurred lawsuits and brought the culture wars to public education.

In an emailed statement, the district said Superintendent Ward Andrus placed the item on the agenda “for consideration recognizing the well-publicized actions and challenges related to this specific board policy in districts throughout California.”

As Andrus’ explanation in the agenda states, “‘the district regularly reviews and updates its policies to comply with current law or district circumstances.’ As such he has brought the item forward,” the district’s statement added.

But in a telephone interview, Murrieta school board President Paul Diffley said the item is meant to give the board time to revise the policy’s language to make it clearer and able to withstand a legal challenge. Diffley said he’ll propose tabling the item Thursday and taking it up again at the next board meeting.

“I think we need to go back and revisit it for one meeting,” he said. “I want to make sure we do the best that we can do.”

Between now and then, Diffley, who along with board member Nick Pardue proposed the policy, said board members will address the opening part of the policy, which outlines reasons why the district wants to notify parents about their child’s gender identity.

Diffley added that the district shares lawyers with Chino Valley Unified School District, which enacted a similar policy, and the changes the Murrieta board is considering come at the advice of attorneys, which warned that “going ahead (with the policy) in such an environment” could cost the district $500,000 in legal expenses.

“I can’t justify doing that at this point because that’s pencil and paper and crayon money,” he said.

Former Murrieta school board member Kris Thomasian, co-chair of One Temecula Valley PAC’s Murrieta Schools Team, supports rescinding the policy.

“We are hopeful that the MVUSD board will kill the destructive forced outing policy, a politically motivated sideshow, which is proving to be harmful to school districts up and down the state,” Thomasian said in a statement from the PAC, which opposes what it describes as political extremism in local government.

She added: “In the face of statewide budget cuts, (the school district) can’t afford to suffer heavy fines or financial penalties for a few irresponsible school board members to solve a problem that doesn’t exist for culture war and partisan political clout.”

The Murrieta school board voted 3-2 in August to approve the policy, which requires staff to notify parents or guardians within three days of learning that a student is “requesting to be identified or treated” as a gender other than the “biological sex or gender” listed on their birth certificate or other official records.

Students requesting to use names, pronouns, bathrooms or changing facilities that don’t align with their birth gender would trigger the policy, as would a student taking part in a sports team or sex-segregated program that doesn’t correspond to their birth gender.

The board’s August vote came after more than 60 public speakers supported or assailed the policy. Supporters, including Christian conservatives, said schools have no right to withhold information from parents about their children.

Critics, including LGBTQ advocates, countered that the policy infringes on student privacy and could endanger children whose parents aren’t accepting of their gender identity.

Murrieta schools’ policy mirrors one passed in July by Chino Valley’s board. Schools boards in TemeculaOrange and other California public school districts have passed virtually identical policies.

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Comments

  1. “Critics, including LGBTQ advocates, countered that the policy infringes on student privacy…”
    And the LGBTQ ‘advocates” don’t give a crap about anyone else’s privacy.

  2. Stupid school districts — and the teachers unions — always cave to the fringe elements. Transgender IS a fringe ideology expounded by psychologists as somehow “necessary” to keep kids from killing themselves, but we are not told about all the kids who took the hormones and went into transgender community but then killed themselves. This movement seems to be dying out because it reverses decades of hard work for the rights of (real) women and girls, and because biology — chromosomes and DNA — cannot be overcome with words, definitions and opinions. The very rare children born as hemaphrodites, biologically having organs both female and male, have never gone on a crusade to make this something that all kids should aspire to, and generally have not been so anxious to publish their unusual biology. These are the only people who truly can and usually do choose to identify as one sex or the other.

    • I believe you’re right that the movement is dying out. I read an article in English from Sweden that said sex-change procedures for children were on a steep decline. Sweden was the first country to start this madness. The article said it was an Internet mania. You don’t hear as much about it here, either, as before.

  3. I was there last night at the Murrieta Board meeting. I spoke to keep the policy in place to notify parents of name changes and bathroom changes. I pointed out that the Superintendent almost makes $500K with his benefits and that was very similar to what they are worried about crayons, pencils, etc. The Commies in the room want to manipulate the children without interference from the parents. I gave my condolences to the manipulated (the students). I also said that I would fight the bond issue of $240 million coming up if parents have no say in their children’s lives.

  4. This is the type of article that has to become front and center. The Left following the cp agenda has worked their way into school boards across the Nation and they are working in concert to take our Nation down through our children. Make no mistake about it they are persistent, write long well written letters in opposition to parents regaining control of their children’s minds. In Douglas County Nevada we are witnessing first hand the targeting of a school board that was overwhelmingly voted in to save the children from their agenda. They are an obvious determined campaign of targeting and causing severe costs to our school district threw frivolous lawsuits to ad verbiage to their obvious in concert letter writing and use of our local neighborhood communication system to spread their hate due to their loss of control over their agenda. It is and will happen all over the Country as they try to take over the minds of the young with their propaganda.

  5. Parents are going to find out anyway, so best to use a direct approach and require schools to include families in these life events. Kids are so easily swayed by peers, cool teachers, and social media, so you can’t assume they are ready to make decisions that will impact them for the rest of their lives. And the school officials who may have appeared to be supportive are only around while they are at school. Families are forever, and more often than not, they will have the best interests of their child in mind. If there is a dangerous environment in the family, it’s not going to be avoided by keeping secrets. We can’t sacrifice the kids just because some adults want their choices to be normalized.

  6. I wonder what happens if they revoke the rule and teachers tell parents anyway, especially if they tell them confidentially or even anonymously?

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