AB 1314 Updates & Resources

      Schools Should Not Keep Secrets from Parents

Assemblymen Bill Essayli (R-Riverside) and James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) introduced AB 1314, to require school staff to notify parents within three days if they find that a student is identifying as a gender different than the gender on their official documents. 
Currently, if a child in a California K-12 public school publicly announces to teachers and students that they want to be known as a gender different from the gender listed on their official documents, school employees are told they must keep this information secret from the parents. There is no rational reason to keep parents in the dark about something this important in their child’s life

Important Update: 
The chair of the Assembly Education Committee, Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), announced April 10, that he will not allow AB 1314 to have a hearing, “
not only because the bill is proposing bad policy, but also because a hearing would potentially provide a forum for increasingly hateful rhetoric targeting LGBTQ youth.” So a debate about keeping parents informed about what is happening with their children at school is interpreted as hatred toward LGBTQ identified youth. Consequently, discussion about topic is silenced. Read Muratsuchi’s press release here.

California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus was also quoted in the press release expressing support for refusing to have a hearing on AB 1314.  The Caucus justified the current CA Department of Education policy mandating teachers lie to parents about their child’s gender identity at school, because “not all trans or non-binary youth have such loving and supportive families.” This state policy pits public schools against parents who love their children, but also believe sex is determined by biology, not feelings.

Assemblyman Bill Essayli responded with the following statement:
“Today’s decision to deny a hearing on AB 1314 is symbolic of where Sacramento democrats stand on parental rights. They believe the government owns our children and that parents do not have a right to know what is happening with their own children at school. Gender dysphoria is a serious issue, and parents need to be aware of the associated mental health risks trans minors face. Studies are clear that trans minors do better with parental involvement. Leaving parents in the dark is dangerous and unconstitutional. 

“The Supreme Court has already ruled that parents have a fundamental right to direct the care, upbringing, and education of their children. While democrats have the votes to kill my bill in Sacramento, they do not have the votes to suppress parents’ voices at the local level. I encourage parents to continue bringing lawsuits against their school districts challenging existing policies that allow children to be socially transitioned at school without parental consent.” 

School Board Engagement on AB 1314 / Secrecy Policy

Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education President Sonja Shaw presented a Resolution in support of AB 1314 at the April 6, 2023 school Board meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. You can watch the meeting at the right. 

Click here to read the resolution.

Here is an excerpt: WHEREAS, the Board of Education believes that the success of children begins by supporting fundamental parental rights in educational institutions, and that the best path toward academic and social emotional success for students comes from promoting strong bonds of communication between parents, students, and schools; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Education believes in fostering trust between schools and parents and guardians by direct communication and involving parents.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Chino Valley Unified School District supports Assembly Bill 1314, Parental Notification.

Bill Information

AB 1314 has been assigned to the Assembly Education Committee, but the Chair of the committee, Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, has decided not to let the bill be heard in his committee.  See above for details. 

Action Steps

  • Call Asm. Muratsuchi offices and ask that AB 1314 be scheduled for a hearing: (916) 319-2066 or (310) 375-0691. 
    Let Muratsuchi know how disappointed you are that AB 1314 will not have a hearing in his committee. Check out his district boundaries near Torrance and Redondo Beach here. If you know parents, teachers, pastors, and other elected officials in this area, please encourage them to call his office.
  • Call the members of the Asm. Education Committee: Focus on the offices of Asm. Sharon Quirk-Silva (916) 319-2067 and Asm. Juan Carrillo (916) 319-2039.   If you know parents, teachers, pastors, and other elected officials living in the districts of Asm. Quirk-Silva (district map) or Asm. Juan Carrillo (district map) please tell them you are upset the Asm. Education Committee is not having a hearing on AB 1314. 

Letters of Support


AB 1314 bill text.

News Articles and Videos

Social Media

Why is AB 1314 Necessary?