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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 2, 2015 Wendy Hagman As a retired teacher, I see too many young people leaving teaching because they no longer want to work several jobs just to make ends meet. They need to have time to prepare for their classes and raise their own families.
Aug 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 2, 2015 Charles Pan
Aug 1, 2015 Genny Elias-Warren What is good for legislators should be good for teachers -- give them a raise, it might help increase educational prowess among the children they teach because they will feel respected.
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2015 Christopher Rowley
Jul 30, 2015 Laura Schulz
Jul 28, 2015 Nancy Black
Jul 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2015 GiGi Elder Teachers make all jobs possible. It is a profession. Pay us like professional athletes.
Jul 26, 2015 Judith Carlson
Jul 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2015 Venice Rembold
Jul 24, 2015 Christine Hughes
Jul 23, 2015 Monique Lukens
Jul 22, 2015 Heather Osborne
Jul 22, 2015 Karl Hoermann
Jul 22, 2015 Kimberley Clack
Jul 21, 2015 Brooks Slaybaugh
Jul 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2015 Tony Buitrago
Jul 21, 2015 Katherine Myskowski
Jul 21, 2015 Teri Duchac
Jul 21, 2015 Darlene Young
Jul 21, 2015 Robert Rogan
Jul 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2015 Linda McEachronTaylor
Jul 21, 2015 Gunnar Lien
Jul 21, 2015 Susan Verbalis
Jul 21, 2015 mike hopkins
Jul 21, 2015 michael miracle
Jul 21, 2015 Lisa Hammermeister
Jul 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2015 Lauren Van Gundy
Jul 21, 2015 Marlene Olveda
Jul 21, 2015 Natasha Mazza
Jul 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2015 Marilyn Mason
Jul 8, 2015 Catherine Fields
Jul 1, 2015 Abbie Harville
Jun 29, 2015 Sally Bates Why does this not surprise me ..Alabama, Gawd! You are still in the stone ages on this one!! We all KNOW what you think of women! Too bad you don't know what a REAL MAN is! A protector, not a slave owner, (anymore anyway!). You are still in the stone age!
Jun 27, 2015 Catherine Martin
Jun 27, 2015 n. gottlieb
Jun 25, 2015 Maureen North
Jun 25, 2015 Camille Dent If teaching was higher-paying, it would become a more competitive profession. If it becomes more competitive, that means better teachers for our students!
Jun 23, 2015 Kaitlin Kennedy
Jun 19, 2015 Sean O'Keeffe
Jun 19, 2015 Patricia Flores
Jun 18, 2015 Sarah Fisher
Jun 16, 2015 Mario Tennon

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