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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

Mar 16, 2017 Loraine Lindsey
Mar 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 14, 2017 Anja Boyd
Mar 14, 2017 Susan Hinger
Mar 14, 2017 Mick McMahon
Mar 12, 2017 Jessie Bourke
Mar 12, 2017 Sandy Bieker
Mar 11, 2017 EJ Frost
Mar 11, 2017 Amanda Smith
Mar 11, 2017 Bonnie Steiger
Mar 11, 2017 Valerie Crawford
Mar 10, 2017 Corey Williams
Mar 10, 2017 Gregory Anderson
Mar 10, 2017 Donna Hargus Practice what you preach lest ye be found to be the very devil you profess to despise!! In fact, donate your wage hike to pay teachers a living wage and it will do more good than you ever could.
Mar 10, 2017 leslie shellberg
Mar 10, 2017 Thao Vu
Mar 10, 2017 Renella Kendall
Mar 9, 2017 Andrea JUSSIM
Mar 8, 2017 Julie Mullen
Mar 8, 2017 Sharon Perry
Mar 7, 2017 Rachel Parnell
Mar 7, 2017 Cathy loewenstein
Mar 7, 2017 Laura Krause
Mar 7, 2017 Suzette Henderson because legislators are called to, what was it??? PUBLIC SERVICE!
Mar 7, 2017 Peggy Phan
Mar 4, 2017 Michael Biggs
Feb 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) Pay the teachers a decent wage unlike the politicians giving themselves pay raises any time they like. They should be paid at least the same amount as someone in Congress with all the perks for life.
Feb 23, 2017 ANNA BERGALIS Give a teacher a break not a good for nothing politician
Feb 23, 2017 JODI ABEL
Feb 20, 2017 Kathleen Hamilton Lower your pay to the lowest paid teacher in your state and try to live and support a family on that! You were so worried that you would take a bribe so you raised your own pay? What does the Bible say about that? We know what it says about YOU LIAR
Feb 20, 2017 michael lyons
Feb 20, 2017 Dee Ann Neely
Feb 20, 2017 June Matheson
Feb 20, 2017 Laura Harris
Feb 7, 2017 Beverly Folkes
Feb 6, 2017 Danielle Walden
Feb 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 5, 2017 Bob Brucker
Feb 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 5, 2017 Hillary Maurer
Feb 5, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please Teachers have lots of work before they're even in the classroom. With prep and of course after when they grade papers & exams outside of the classroom. They could also be the only influence on a child that doesn't have or has uncaring parents.
Feb 5, 2017 Brian Wales
Feb 5, 2017 (Name not displayed) Paying Teachers Low Is Not A Biblical Principal!
Feb 5, 2017 Judith Beltz Teachers deserve every penny they get and more. Legislators, on the other hand, should serve for nothing as they are the servants of the people.
Feb 5, 2017 Lora Hamman
Feb 4, 2017 Laura Page Teachers work so hard they should be paid what they are worth.
Feb 1, 2017 Stanley Oslund

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