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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

Nov 21, 2015 Lisa Shantz
Nov 21, 2015 Pat Kane
Nov 20, 2015 Michaela Osiecki
Nov 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 17, 2015 Alicja Bożek
Nov 16, 2015 Cathy Gould
Nov 15, 2015 Marie Hemphill
Nov 15, 2015 Mary Ober Is this why Alabama's educational system lags behind the norm? Shame on misplaced priorities like yours! Kudos to the dedicated teachers of Alabama, who must struggle against such attitudes as they serve the under-served!
Nov 15, 2015 Judy Moran
Nov 14, 2015 Isabela Lund
Nov 13, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 7, 2015 Jennifer Annable
Nov 5, 2015 melody O'Connor Teachers deserve to be paid their fair share. They deserve it!
Nov 1, 2015 Paula Morgan
Oct 31, 2015 Betsy Gudz
Oct 23, 2015 H McCrillis If it were up to God, there wouldn't be governments, either. #justsaying
Oct 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2015 Heidi Francis
Oct 19, 2015 Orva M Gullett
Oct 19, 2015 Pat Blake
Oct 5, 2015 tabbitha brindle
Oct 5, 2015 Brian Reynolds
Oct 5, 2015 Mark Aziz
Oct 5, 2015 Laura Gustoson It doesn't makes any sense to think that it could be! Thank you very much for expressing the truth!
Oct 5, 2015 john s
Oct 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2015 Penny Gruber I think teachers in the whole country of the United States need a substantial increase in pay, not just Alabama.
Sep 28, 2015 Paul Zaroba This Senator needs to go. Obviously he has no problem helping himself to outrageous pay raises, while ignoring our failing education system in this Country. I question not only his ethics but his I.Qs as well.
Sep 27, 2015 Brenda Heinrich
Sep 26, 2015 Christel Platt
Sep 22, 2015 Tracy Atkin
Sep 18, 2015 Heather Young
Sep 17, 2015 jerri stoddard
Sep 13, 2015 Laura Scherry
Sep 12, 2015 Alexandra Maran
Sep 12, 2015 Nichole Watts
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Sep 10, 2015 Laurie Fisher
Sep 8, 2015 Elissa Wilson
Sep 8, 2015 Lynn Barboza
Sep 8, 2015 Arkady Vyatchanin
Sep 8, 2015 Shea L. Hales
Sep 8, 2015 Sue Hartmann
Sep 2, 2015 Alice Cairns
Aug 30, 2015 G. Smith It's a pity we can't fire politicians for stupid decisions.
Aug 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2015 Virginia Culbert

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