A California superior court judge has blocked parts of a controversial school district policy that opponents say would force teachers to expel transgender students.
The part of the policy in question would require school staff to tell parents if their child requests to change their gender identity.
The policy will remain on hold after San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Michael A. Sachs granted a preliminary injunction on Thursday to block them until a final decision is made in the case.
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California Attorney General Rob Bonta, who filed a lawsuit against the Chino Valley Unified School District in August, said the policy harms transgender and gender-nonconforming students.
“This case is about a discriminatory policy,” said Delbert Tran, a deputy attorney general representing the state, at the hearing.
The decision comes amid nationwide debates about transgender rights as other states seek to impose bans on gender-affirming nursing, banning trans athletes from girls and women’s sports, and requiring schools to send trans and non-binary students to their parents.
Similar battles took place in states such as Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Virginia.
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In Massachusetts, 16 attorneys general signed a brief supporting the protection of the privacy of transgender students who share their identity with school staff.
Earlier this month, a Wisconsin judge blocked a school district’s policy that allowed students to change their names and gender pronouns without their guardians’ permission.
And in Virginia Beach, two parents filed a lawsuit last month urging their local district to adopt new policies by Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin on transgender students, according to The Associated Press. One of the policies that prevent transgender girls from playing on women’s sports teams.