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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

Dec 21, 2014 Alicia Quintero
Dec 21, 2014 Haydee Oquendo
Dec 21, 2014 John Woods Dear Senator McGill, Like the US the UK does not value its teachers and there is an urgent need to increase salaries all the way from newly trained up to Senior level. Please reconsider your belief in the need for such people to have a proper salary.
Dec 20, 2014 Carl Lemon
Dec 19, 2014 Krista Tackett Without teachers where would our society be ? We would be a very ignorant bunch of people ! Pay teachers what they deserve to be paid !!
Dec 19, 2014 EDITH LOBROT
Dec 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 19, 2014 Mary Brigid Clingman OP
Dec 18, 2014 Theo Zucker
Dec 18, 2014 Betty Leach
Dec 18, 2014 Charlotte Gardiner
Dec 18, 2014 (Name not displayed) You will always attract people who are not called to teach because people think teaching is easy and having the summer off is so great. Paying teachers will retain good teachers as there is a mass exodus from education right now.
Dec 18, 2014 Alexandra Lohman Paying teachers more will attract *better* teachers, not worse!
Dec 18, 2014 Suzanne Smith
Dec 18, 2014 Ann Shanklin
Dec 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 17, 2014 Nanette Tomlinson-Knoell I have been a teacher and a pastor. Jesus and his followers were taken care of and they were teachers of life!
Dec 17, 2014 Samantha Honowitz
Dec 17, 2014 Maryann Piccione
Dec 9, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please pay teachers more so they can help our youngest minds to grow!
Dec 8, 2014 Lynn Juozilaitis
Dec 8, 2014 Kelly Moberly
Dec 6, 2014 Donna Enders
Dec 6, 2014 Catharine Erwin
Dec 6, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 6, 2014 Timothy Spong
Dec 6, 2014 jane hughes
Dec 5, 2014 Mark Greaves
Dec 5, 2014 Federico Barbera
Dec 4, 2014 Val Colenso I'm a pastor, and I know the Bible well - nowhere does it argue that you should pay teachers poorly. I do note that you voted to give yourself a rather large pay increase - the height of hypocrisy! Remember what Jesus said about Pharisees? That's you!!
Dec 4, 2014 Dawn Bowers
Dec 4, 2014 (Name not displayed) Teachers are invaluable. Pay them what they're worth!
Dec 3, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 2, 2014 Kristin West
Dec 2, 2014 Kay Story
Dec 2, 2014 Ruth McNaughton
Nov 26, 2014 Angel Crouleur
Nov 26, 2014 William Tubilleja
Nov 22, 2014 Diane Burkard I was a teacher for 8 years & would have still been if it weren't for the poor salary. We always say children are the future and an important priority, but it's not reflected in those who provide training & spend more hours with children than most parents
Nov 22, 2014 Margaret Argyle We can't pay teachers enough in my opinion.
Nov 22, 2014 Lois Darlington Research shows that qualified professionals would only consider teaching if the pay were considerably higher, because they can get much higher pay in other fields. Higher pay improves competition for any job, which in turn improves the pool of candidates.
Nov 22, 2014 Joy Branch
Nov 19, 2014 Crysta Coburn
Nov 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 8, 2014 Larry Branson
Nov 7, 2014 Julie Martin
Nov 7, 2014 donielle joslyn
Oct 30, 2014 Shannon Blea
Oct 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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