New Jersey Attorney General Declares Legal Battle on Parental Rights

June 26, 2023

Three school districts, Middletown school district, Marlboro school district, and Manalapan-Englishtown Regional school district, passed policies upholding parental rights, New Jersey AG Matt Platkin filed suit just 24 hours later. These policies require schools to notify parents of a student’s change in name, pronouns, or bathroom usage, information that parents have a right to know. New Jersey’s AG says that qualifies as outing transgender students and is dangerous. But the districts are standing strong for parental rights.

Marlboro school board attorney Marc Zitomer made a statement following the lawsuit, asserting that the district disagrees with the position that such a policy is "discriminatory" or "improper."

"It is our position that keeping parents in the dark about important issues involving their children is counterintuitive and contrary to well-established U.S. Supreme Court case law that says that parents have a constitutional right to direct and control the upbringing of their children," he said.

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