ALBANY, N.Y. (WWTI) — A term claimed to be both racist and sexist has been banned from certain sections of New York’s education law.

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday signed legislation S.6744/A.7981 to remove the term “incorrigible” from references in education law.

Merriam-Webster defined “incorrigible” as “incapable of being corrected or amended; not reformable.” However, the governor’s office added: “It is a term that has been historically applied to girls of color for behavior that is not ‘stereotypically feminine.'”

Legislation S.6744/A.7981 prohibits discrimination, intimidation and retaliation against school students who file a complaint or exercise their right or private action against such schools.

New York State law currently allows students to file a written complaint against licensed private career school conduct with the State Education Department, as well as the private right of action outside the Education Department’s complaint procedure. However, before the new legislation, the law did not include protections for students against proprietary or for-profit colleges.

Hochul said the bill aims to right the historical wrongs of racial bias and discrimination that stemmed from the now-banned word.

“It is essential that New York’s educational institutions are places where all students, no matter how they look or express themselves, can pursue their fullest potential free from bias and intimidation,” Hochul said in a press release. “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and this legislation will help ensure that young women, especially young women of color, are not stigmatized by this outdated term and are protected from abuses of power.”