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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

Aug 25, 2016 Wendy Turner
Aug 23, 2016 Virginia Dempsey
Aug 16, 2016 Marcos Carrillo
Aug 16, 2016 Laurie Price Aristotle said Senators should give one term of service and then return to work; that government should be a public service, not a career. Perhaps it is time Senator Shadrack McGill to return to a real job in the community.
Aug 16, 2016 Christine Dungan
Aug 15, 2016 Dat Tran
Aug 15, 2016 Jacqueline Gardner
Aug 14, 2016 Brenda Hammond
Aug 14, 2016 Martha W D Bushnell
Aug 14, 2016 Debra Yanko
Aug 14, 2016 Mark Turner
Aug 14, 2016 Bonnielee Josefson
Aug 1, 2016 Sue Chard
Jul 31, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2016 Kathy Smith
Jul 31, 2016 Bob Brucker
Jul 31, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2016 Katherine Babiak
Jul 31, 2016 Marga Childs
Jul 31, 2016 Jan Bueker
Jul 31, 2016 Denise Denton
Jul 31, 2016 Gary Dube
Jul 30, 2016 Weldon Barker You could not possibly be more confused and WRONG! Teachers are also parents and have families to provide for. Their children deserve every advantage that yours and mine do!
Jul 25, 2016 Samantha Honowitz
Jul 18, 2016 Margaret Randall
Jul 14, 2016 Heather Merriman
Jul 13, 2016 AnnMarie Mchugh I think teachers should be paid double their salary. They are invaluable and they get stepped on. They are disrespected. We need competent teachers in the schools. It discourages people from going into this profession.
Jul 11, 2016 Judith Meusel
Jul 11, 2016 María Galarce
Jul 11, 2016 Robert Sanders
Jul 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 30, 2016 Tina Pelton
Jun 26, 2016 Sherry Horne Taylor
Jun 26, 2016 Franca Faustini
Jun 23, 2016 JoAnn Evans
Jun 18, 2016 Janice James
Jun 16, 2016 Esther Clayson
Jun 3, 2016 AniMae Chi
Jun 2, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 30, 2016 Maeryn Boirionnach
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

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