The Toad To Rhode Island

Living in Philadelphia, I have witnessed the damage teacher’s unions can do to the education system. While many public school teachers are extremely qualified, the city’s teacher’s unions go out of their way to protect the toads.

The good news is while the Philly public school system is a disaster, at least they’re not Rhode Island.

Yesterday at a hearing for a bill (HB 5817) that would make sex between school employees and students a crime—even after they’ve turned 16, the legal age of consent in Rhode Island—both teachers’ unions made their objections known. NEA RI didn’t have anyone testify but Pat Crowley did sign in to the hearing and note his opposition to the bill. I suspect the NEA also submitted written testimony. James Parisi of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) did testify—in fact, we sat beside one another, each offering our very different opinions on the bill.

As it currently stands, Rhode Island is one of a few states where it is perfectly legal for teachers and other school employees to have sexual relations with their students once they turn 16. It’s literally a dirty little secret—almost no one seems to be aware of this loophole in the law and yet it leaves high school students without any protection from those who would sexually abuse them after their 16th birthday. We are also a state who received a grade of D for how well we track and share information about teachers who are also alleged abusers.

The irony here is the elites in the northwest corridor have no problem ridiculing southern states for banging underage girls, while lacking the self-awareness to understand Rhode Island not only does not discourage it, but they legalized it.

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The Road To Choad Island

Rhode Island, America’s most insignificant state, has decided to tax its citizens for using a man’s most necessary constitutional right: internet pr0n.

Rhode Island lawmakers have come up with an ingenious new way to raise revenue on residents: a one-time $20 tax on anyone who wants to watch internet porn. A bill proposed by two Democratic lawmakers in the Rhode Island general assembly, Sen. Frank Ciccone and Sen. Hanna Gallo, would require internet providers in the state to block “sexual content and patently offensive material” unless users pay a $20 fee to the state.

The money would go to the state attorney general to fund the Council on Human Trafficking. Lawmakers didn’t specify if they think this is the most effective way to prevent human trafficking, or how they came up with the $20 figure.

The bill actually specifies that all sexually explicit content must be blocked by default, and that subscribers would have to go through an onerous process to unblock it.

I’m sure these two leftist scolds are brilliant people with lots of well thought-out, practical, ideas. They are insuring the financial security of Rhode Island for years to come.