OAKLAND (KRON) — The Oakland Unified School District has approved a controversial move to eliminate kicking students out of school for swearing at teachers and ignoring instructions.

The school board voted unanimously on Wednesday to no longer allow teachers and administrators to suspend students out of class for non-violent offenses.

The new policy is expected to be in full effect next July.

Oakland will be joining a number of school districts throughout the state prohibiting suspensions and expulsions of kindergarten through 3rd grade for willful defiance for “willful defiance.” School officials in San Francisco

Civil and child rights advocates have been lobbying for such changes based on statistics showing that minority students are disproportionately punished for disobedience.