The age of consent in RI is 16, as in many other states. So it is legal for a teacher and a student who has reached or past their 16th birthday to engage in sex. A state bill (HB 5817) that would prohibit sexual relations between school staff and students even after the student turns 16 is opposed by both the NEA RI and the United Federation of Teachers.
Am I missing something here? To me, it is morally wrong to engage in intimate relationships when there is a "superior/subordinate" relationship that brought them together. If a supervisor starts banging a worker they directly or indirectly supervise, one of them has to transfer or quit. The consequences for teachers right now are just like the abusive Catholic priests. An offending teacher loses their state license and just moves to another state, gets a license there and rinse, wash, repeat. The abusive Catholic priests are transferred to another diocese and allowed to take advantage of more children.
The article tries to draw a parallel between the teacher/student relationship and a supervisor/teenage worker relationship. I'm sorry, the teenager can quit the job, not showing up for school has legal consequences for the student and their parents.
When a teacher is in loco parentis then this really is no different than incest. The good news about this kind of incest is there isn't a chance of a genetically deformed baby for the teenage mother.
I was discussing this with a friend yesterday, and I was unsure of the particulars, like "would this law affect students over 18 and in college?"
I had to do some digging because the articles I find don't give a link to the bill. Here is the bill itself, and according to the RI Legislature website (search in "Bills" for 5817), the bill has been tabled. The website says, "Committee recommended measure be held for further study".
I'll put the odds for this dying in Committee at about 4:1. Mustn't piss off the teachers unions who donate a lot to legislators campaigns.
Third-Degree Sexual Assault is a felony, punishable up to five years.