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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 28, 2015 karen howard Senator, your statements show your ignorance of both Christ's word and the necessity for the best education possible for our electorate. Shame on you.
Jan 28, 2015 Kim Taylor
Jan 28, 2015 M Gresko
Jan 27, 2015 Anisa Faruqi
Jan 27, 2015 emilio leone
Jan 27, 2015 Ruth Bescript Good grief.
Jan 27, 2015 annette florence
Jan 27, 2015 Bryna Schreier
Jan 27, 2015 Yvonne Moody Teaching will never (unfortunately!) be a road to riches, but teachers should be paid well enough to live comfortably without needing second jobs!
Jan 27, 2015 (Name not displayed) So using that Senator's logic, should politicians only serve the public for the chance to do good and not for the money? Reward those who truly contribute to society with pay that allows them to do more than scrape by. It's the right thing to do.
Jan 27, 2015 Caitlin McGuire
Jan 27, 2015 l f
Jan 27, 2015 Angela Holmes
Jan 27, 2015 Patrice Kaufman
Jan 27, 2015 Carla Winger
Jan 25, 2015 Alexandre Tytgat
Jan 16, 2015 Gudrun Garcia
Jan 12, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 12, 2015 (Name not displayed) Teachers are extended parents; heard from teachers that disciplining students takes away from teaching.Taking school tax dollars and having a night class for parents in raising children/disciplining their own children to raise grades would help wages.
Jan 11, 2015 Stephen Baranowski
Jan 9, 2015 Lynn Webber
Jan 8, 2015 Eliza Duncan
Jan 8, 2015 (Name not displayed) Not only higher salaries but respect is needed. Look at Finland's educational system. It's what teachers here have been saying for years. But who listens to teachers anyway? That's the problem in a nutshell.
Jan 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 5, 2015 debra clayton
Jan 5, 2015 David Billingham There's nothing in the Bible about giving yourself a raise either. But it does say to treat others as you would want yourself to be treated. That's not a direct quote...more of a paraphrase of what I believe Jesus said so go with that instead....
Jan 3, 2015 Terri Bowman
Jan 3, 2015 G. C. Seriously??? What about the absurd salaries politicians get? Is THAT a biblical mandate, too?????
Jan 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 2, 2015 Melanie Elphinstone
Jan 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 2, 2015 Annmarie Parmenter
Jan 1, 2015 Eliza Duncan
Jan 1, 2015 Sister James Marie Gross
Dec 30, 2014 (Name not displayed) it's not moral!
Dec 29, 2014 Linda Skillett I've taught in special education for 17 years. Since my husband is in the navy we move a lot. I have never made over $40,000 a year. And, I have a masters degree in special education. Sad, really sad.
Dec 28, 2014 Caitlin Tubilleja
Dec 27, 2014 Bruno Prata
Dec 26, 2014 R. A. Carbaugh
Dec 24, 2014 Rob Dexter
Dec 23, 2014 Sandra Bowerman
Dec 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 22, 2014 Lee & Frank Sides
Dec 22, 2014 Dan Esposito
Dec 22, 2014 Ken Bruss
Dec 22, 2014 Frank Malloway
Dec 22, 2014 Maria Simao
Dec 22, 2014 Douglas DaRif My comments are my own. My daughter was a great english teacher in an distressed urban city school. She could not afford to live in a stable, safe community and pay off her student loans on her salary. The Students lose - she is no longer a teacher.

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