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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

Jun 21, 2017 Linda Messer
Jun 21, 2017 Adelina Jaudal
Jun 21, 2017 Judith S Anderson
Jun 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 15, 2017 c. martinez
Jun 12, 2017 Caren Shiloh
Jun 12, 2017 Denise Garner
Jun 11, 2017 sara Elkins
Jun 10, 2017 Robert Ackerman
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith Pay the senator's what they are worth and we would have a lot less taxes to pay!!
Jun 7, 2017 James Deschene
May 31, 2017 miriam feehily
May 29, 2017 Janet Pickard
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 20, 2017 Anne Bekkers
May 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2017 Sharon Davis
May 15, 2017 Dawn Ward-Doma
May 15, 2017 Sandra Schomberg
May 15, 2017 Joy Smiley
May 15, 2017 Deb Fritzler Now I have heard it all. What an absolutely stupid bunch of bull...."biblical principle" geez. Congress should be paid so low, see how they like it, do they have a calling besides money sounds at the trough???
May 15, 2017 KURT CRUGER
May 15, 2017 Ivan Zhyvolup
May 9, 2017 Erin Daniels
May 3, 2017 Nancy Wein
Apr 25, 2017 Chris Miller
Apr 25, 2017 Sabrina Degasperi
Apr 25, 2017 Patrizia Lazzeri Sen. McGill: I don't agree with your logic! YOU MUST advance Alabama's educational system as a top priority. We want quality teachers in classrooms, so we must pay them what they deserve. I am outraged that you think teachers shouldn't be paid properly!!
Apr 24, 2017 Kelsey Brewer
Apr 24, 2017 Virgil Pauls
Apr 23, 2017 OLGA COTTO
Apr 23, 2017 Mel Henshaw
Apr 23, 2017 Joe and Karen Lansdale
Apr 23, 2017 Kara Walmsley
Apr 22, 2017 Karen Merkley
Apr 21, 2017 Melora Jackson
Apr 12, 2017 Brian Moore
Apr 11, 2017 Quentin Fischer
Apr 11, 2017 Adam Fransella
Apr 11, 2017 Jennifer Badillo
Apr 11, 2017 Karen O'Brien
Apr 10, 2017 (Name not displayed) I haven't heard such a bunch phony-baloney in all my life. People who go into teaching for the money don't last long. It is a hard job and one you have to love to stay in it and be good too.
Apr 10, 2017 Joyce Haskins
Apr 10, 2017 Tony Lilich
Apr 10, 2017 Glenda Foreman
Apr 10, 2017 Paula Morgan Pay teachers a better wage. They teach future generations.
Apr 10, 2017 Kathryn Gallagher
Apr 10, 2017 Helen Freer

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