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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

May 24, 2016 Carlos Santana
May 20, 2016 casey muhs
May 17, 2016 Linda Benfield
May 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 3, 2016 Timothy Flowers They deserve some back pay as well!!
May 1, 2016 Judith Sanders If we lived by Biblical principles, we'd have hereditary kings, not senators.
Apr 29, 2016 Leslie Ann Rodarte
Apr 26, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2016 Jeannie Dinning
Apr 25, 2016 Susan Gort
Apr 25, 2016 Lindsay Mugglestone
Apr 21, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2016 Julia Mensing
Apr 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2016 Genesis Merano
Apr 8, 2016 Paula Lewis
Apr 7, 2016 Ruby King
Apr 5, 2016 Cheri Alexander
Apr 3, 2016 Ariel Carman
Apr 3, 2016 Carl Marshall
Mar 31, 2016 Kelly Garrett
Mar 25, 2016 Dotti Chesney
Mar 16, 2016 (Name not displayed) Teachers are necessary, they deserve to live well.
Mar 15, 2016 Dorothea Keuper-Reis
Mar 14, 2016 Lu Mulligan
Mar 14, 2016 KEY KLAUS
Mar 14, 2016 Walter Schultz
Mar 14, 2016 Catherine Parker
Mar 14, 2016 Charlotte Gray
Mar 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Mar 7, 2016 Nancy Conway
Mar 5, 2016 David Saavedra People who are called to the profession should be able to raise a family and build a quality life on their salary.
Mar 5, 2016 (Name not displayed) As a teacher, I'm dismayed this kind of ignorance is able to reach levels of leadership.
Feb 22, 2016 Felicity Dorsett
Feb 21, 2016 Amanda Dickinson
Feb 21, 2016 Thomas Kurtz Wake up to the 21st century, Senator.
Feb 21, 2016 Robert Stroud
Feb 21, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2016 Carol J. Loomis
Feb 20, 2016 Tiffany Brown
Feb 18, 2016 Barbara Bruce
Feb 17, 2016 Philo Caps
Feb 14, 2016 Anita Phillips
Feb 12, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2016 maureen doyle A talented teacher can make the difference between nurturing children's God-given gifts and letting them fall beneath the garbage of failure.
Feb 7, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 4, 2016 MSgt Michael Pound, US Army, Retired
Feb 3, 2016 mickie wiggins

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