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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

Jan 3, 2017 Pamela Rowe
Jan 2, 2017 Leslie Pfost
Jan 1, 2017 Aleasa Crary
Jan 1, 2017 Paula Lewis
Jan 1, 2017 Wendye Kolles
Jan 1, 2017 Averill Waterhouse
Jan 1, 2017 Howard Cohen
Jan 1, 2017 julian zrnic <3
Jan 1, 2017 Libby+Esther berman
Dec 29, 2016 natasha liff
Dec 28, 2016 Martina Rimbaldo
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Dec 27, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 22, 2016 The Revd David Townshend
Dec 11, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 27, 2016 Lydia Lafferty
Nov 25, 2016 Sharon Evans-Ford
Nov 21, 2016 K Zoll
Nov 18, 2016 natasha liff
Nov 17, 2016 Felicia Dale This is ridiculous. I do not accept anything being "proven" by being in the Bible anyway but it's patently incredibly stupid!
Nov 15, 2016 Kristen Witt
Nov 15, 2016 Marsha Croner
Nov 15, 2016 Susan Lindsey
Nov 15, 2016 libby. Berman
Nov 15, 2016 Malchiel Schindler
Nov 13, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 9, 2016 Sue King
Nov 8, 2016 Aleix Gonzalez
Nov 6, 2016 Muriel Servaege
Nov 4, 2016 Benjamin N
Oct 25, 2016 Gina Pantier
Oct 24, 2016 Eve Delmonte
Oct 24, 2016 Sheila Ward
Oct 24, 2016 Ruth Singer "The laborer is worthy of his (her) hire" (Luke 10:7). Teaching is one of the most important jobs in the world. Teachers should be paid fairly!
Oct 20, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2016 Batya Harlow
Oct 12, 2016 Laquita Royal
Oct 12, 2016 Gen Agustsson most teachers had to be rich before 2000.
Oct 10, 2016 Kaley Bill
Oct 10, 2016 Petra Jones
Oct 10, 2016 Diana Monks
Oct 10, 2016 Greg Meyer
Sep 28, 2016 E. Dobbs Teachers in the Bible were provided for and cared for even if they were not paid much money. Don't be a silly Senator: of course God expects us to pay and take care of those who serve us!
Sep 27, 2016 Beverly Leath
Sep 22, 2016 Laura Dietrich
Sep 21, 2016 Kae De Ville
Sep 19, 2016 Manuel Davila Rodriguez
Sep 18, 2016 Kristi Hollingsworth
Sep 18, 2016 Keith D'Alessandro
Sep 18, 2016 S. ROSE

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