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Teaching is one of the most important jobs in the world, for teachers shape our children and impart values we take with us for the rest of our lives. They play a critical role in our development.

But it's widely known that teachers aren't being paid fairly. And one senator from Alabama says it should stay that way — because paying teachers low is a "biblical" principle.

Senator Shadrack McGill thinks that keeping teachers' salaries low is a biblical mandate that ensures only the most dedicated individuals enter the profession. He said, "It's a Biblical principle. If you double a teacher's pay scale, you'll attract people who aren't called to teach..."

Yet McGill approved a 67% pay increase for legislators in 2007, claiming this would help curb bribes!

Let Senator McGill know you don't agree with his logic and tell him to make advancing Alabama's educational system a top priority.

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Dear Senator McGill:

I am outraged that you think teachers shouldn't be paid what they're worth, so as to discourage individuals from entering the profession for monetary reasons. In fact, you went so far as to say that paying teachers low is a "biblical principle."

You yourself have children — wouldn't you like to see each of them receive the best possible education from grade school through college? Wouldn't you agree that a teacher's abilities are directly proportional to a child's success?

If you answered yes to either of those questions, then you have contradicted your own comments. The fact is, paying teachers low does NOT ensure only the most dedicated enter the profession. Rather, it undermines the effectiveness of current teachers as well as discourages potentially competent individuals from the career path.

If we want quality teachers in the classroom, we must pay them what they deserve.

Please reconsider your comments and shift your focus to improving Alabama's education system.


Petition Signatures

Jul 1, 2015 Abbie Harville
Jun 29, 2015 Sally Bates Why does this not surprise me ..Alabama, Gawd! You are still in the stone ages on this one!! We all KNOW what you think of women! Too bad you don't know what a REAL MAN is! A protector, not a slave owner, (anymore anyway!). You are still in the stone age!
Jun 27, 2015 Catherine Martin
Jun 27, 2015 n. gottlieb
Jun 25, 2015 Maureen North
Jun 25, 2015 Camille Dent If teaching was higher-paying, it would become a more competitive profession. If it becomes more competitive, that means better teachers for our students!
Jun 23, 2015 Kaitlin Kennedy
Jun 19, 2015 Sean O'Keeffe
Jun 19, 2015 Patricia Flores
Jun 18, 2015 Sarah Fisher
Jun 16, 2015 Mario Tennon
Jun 16, 2015 Toni Soderholm
Jun 13, 2015 Trina Harding
Jun 13, 2015 Richard Neal
Jun 12, 2015 S. Marsh
Jun 7, 2015 Casey Roy
Jun 7, 2015 Vina Vesco Sen. McGill, Stop the rhetoric, and find some facts. Teachers should be paid a fair and decent wage. Better pay would attract higher quality teachers.
Jun 5, 2015 Giuseppina Bonanni
Jun 3, 2015 Luci G
Jun 2, 2015 Lauri Rogers
Jun 2, 2015 Jennie deBeausset By denying teachers a decent wage you discourage talented new teachers from entering the field since they can't support themselves or their families. Low wages for teachers is not a biblical principle, it's a sin.
May 24, 2015 Scott Houchin
May 24, 2015 Sharyn Dreyer
May 24, 2015 Joanne Birnberg
May 24, 2015 Rachael Pappano
May 22, 2015 Jonathan Peebles
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2015 Jamie Fischer
May 20, 2015 michelle raz
May 19, 2015 Rachel Hirth
May 18, 2015 Sharon Kirk
May 13, 2015 Janice Sprow
May 13, 2015 Anitra Gordon
May 10, 2015 Donita Lowrey
May 9, 2015 Gertrud Bessai take a look at Finland - the teachers are paid very well indeed and the students regularly prove to be tops in international tests where as US children do not perform anywhere nearly as well
May 8, 2015 Baiba Grasman
May 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 30, 2015 Miles Hardy
Apr 29, 2015 Michael Mooney If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys!! Except in Government,where you get them no matter how much you pay.
Apr 29, 2015 Michael Mooney
Apr 24, 2015 Amy Ottoson
Apr 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2015 Christina Michael
Apr 4, 2015 hebe martorella
Apr 1, 2015 Shauna Kerr
Mar 31, 2015 Richard Bosboom
Mar 11, 2015 Lisa Valiente
Mar 5, 2015 Denise Janssen Eager
Feb 28, 2015 Marsha King
Feb 28, 2015 Uma Chernoff

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