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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

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)
Oct 24, 2014 Robert petermann We trust these teachers with our children and in these days of gun violence in our schools. We need to have these guardians of our children paid better.
Oct 24, 2014 (Name not displayed) Its sad that the very ones that teach our children and help prepare them for life in the real worl,get paid very little. Its ok for Obama to spend millions on vacations when teachers(and the majority of us) are barely getting by,complete crap!!!!
Oct 24, 2014 Katherine Proulx The bible should be no where near what you are doing for the government!!!!! STOP BEING SUCH A BAD HUMAN!!!
Oct 24, 2014 Nicole Miller
Oct 24, 2014 Cynthia McWilliams I am always disturbed when people use the Bible to hurt others, especially if those others take care of children, the sick, or the elderly. Some of us will teach regardless, but that shouldn't be used against us.
Oct 18, 2014 Shonna Willson
Oct 10, 2014 Lorna Brighurst
Oct 7, 2014 Alexandria Miles
Oct 7, 2014 Joseph Rzeczycki
Oct 6, 2014 Elaine Hanson-Hysell
Oct 6, 2014 Jann Cather Weaver
Oct 6, 2014 Brian Gottejman
Oct 4, 2014 Lois Hemm
Sep 29, 2014 Michael Verry
Sep 28, 2014 Alexander Vollmer
Sep 27, 2014 Mal Scott Low paid teachers = poor teachers = poorly taught students = uneducated adults which is bad for your country's future. Is that really what you want?
Sep 23, 2014 elizabeth weiner
Sep 22, 2014 C Joanna Sheldon That anyone could come up with such a cockeyed notion is probably due to the fact that teaching children is often seen as an extension of nurturing. Women's work, largely, and therefore to be cheerfully undervalued. Get a grip, Senator.
Sep 21, 2014 terri richmond
Sep 20, 2014 Stacie Miller
Sep 20, 2014 Joanne Terry Not sure what your profession is, but would YOU consider a pay cut?
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) Sir, shame on you for trying to use the Holy BIble to be a cheap! I invite you to look up 1 Timothy 5:18!
Sep 20, 2014 Theresa Zingery
Sep 20, 2014 PAUL McCULLOUGH
Sep 18, 2014 D. MIRIAM Adler
Sep 18, 2014 Lynda DelMonaco Mixing political language with religious terminology is a slippery slope, sir. Since the Compulsory Education Act was enacted, teachers have gone from a level of respect to disdane. WHY would you add to the downfall of morals and dedication in the US?
Sep 17, 2014 Richard Bosboom
Sep 16, 2014 Patricia Johnson
Sep 16, 2014 Renee Feliz
Sep 15, 2014 June Ginger
Sep 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 9, 2014 Deanne Swaringen
Sep 8, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 8, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2014 David Schaechtel
Sep 4, 2014 Peter Rutt

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