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Students in NY can no longer be labeled 'incorrigible'

May 05, 2022 12:45 am

Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics students in the state of New York can no longer be labeled incorrigible" under legislation signed into law May 4, by Gov. Kathy Hochul. The measure was intended to address the racial bias and stigma associated with the term. Hochul also approved a law that bans discrimination, intimidation and retaliation against any student that files a complaint or exercises their right of private action against for-profit schools. Both measures are meant to address and protect against discrimination in the state's schools, especially for students of color. Hochul said. "In New York, our diversity is our strength, and this legislation will help ensure that young women, especially young women of color, are not stigmatized by this outdated term and are protected from abuses of power." The new law will remove the term "incorrigible" from New York education law. The term has been defined as students who are "incapable of being corrected" or unreformable and has been applied to students of color, especially girls, who are not considered stereotypically feminine. State Sen. Julia Salazar, a sponsor of the bill, said, "This term has been used historically, in particular, to punish girls and young women of color who resist or do not fit in to sexist expectations of how girls should behave. Last year we deleted this word from the Family Court Act and now we are finishing the task by removing it from the Education Law." Read the full story af nystateofpolitics [dot] com.