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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

Jul 23, 2014 (Name not displayed) If you want quality teachers in the classroom teaching your children, you need to pay them what they deserve to be paid. I'm a retired primary teacher. Have you stopped to consider that teachers spend a lot of their own money on educational resources.
Jul 22, 2014 daphne joseph
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 Liza Z
Jul 17, 2014 Donna Horton
Jul 12, 2014 nicole edward
Jul 11, 2014 mercy myers
Jul 9, 2014 Corinne Wasser
Jul 5, 2014 Margaret Redus
Jul 3, 2014 Dolores Barker
Jul 3, 2014 ABBAS ALI ARIF
Jul 3, 2014 ABBAS ALI ARIF
Jul 3, 2014 Barbara Greene
Jul 2, 2014 Melissa Rodriguez There are many wonderful teachers who leave the field or are discouraged from entering it because they cannot survive on a teacher's salary without having to take on a second job.
Jun 28, 2014 Gaya Covington
Jun 28, 2014 Brad Miller
Jun 26, 2014 Bonnie Lynn MacKinnon
Jun 24, 2014 Nina Morales
Jun 20, 2014 Annie Conway
Jun 19, 2014 Kathryn LeMosy
Jun 19, 2014 Vívian O'Donnell
Jun 19, 2014 Rachael Pappano
Jun 19, 2014 Angela Bonner
Jun 18, 2014 Mary Elizabeth Olsen As I teacher, I know the hard work and commitment that goes into doing a good job. We should be paid appropriately for our work.
Jun 18, 2014 Chris Thomas Do not use your bible to form the law. Have you ever heard of separation of church and state, a prinicple on which this country was founded? You are a disgrace and you have no place in the lawmaking process.
Jun 18, 2014 Alex Vickery-Howe
Jun 18, 2014 JoAnn Schneider
Jun 18, 2014 Amy Tray
Jun 18, 2014 Kim Oliver The worker is worthy or his wages: that what the Bible says about paying someone for a job. It is unethical to do otherwise. Pay teachers well or you wont have anyone to teach your children-- and don't don't you dare use the Bible as an excuse!
Jun 18, 2014 Susan Scholl
Jun 18, 2014 Polina Gradusova
Jun 18, 2014 Karen Felts
Jun 18, 2014 Judith Emerson
Jun 18, 2014 choky alvarez
Jun 18, 2014 Lynne Jenkins
Jun 18, 2014 Anthony Maddaluno
Jun 18, 2014 Gloria Howard Obviously, the ones who taught you SUCKED!!!
Jun 18, 2014 Lizzie Ishmael What a pathetic excuse.
Jun 18, 2014 Michael Bruck
Jun 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jun 16, 2014 Cindy Powers
Jun 12, 2014 Donna Tongue
Jun 11, 2014 Amy Blum Southern states consistently show test scores among the lowest in the nation. They can use all the help they can get.
Jun 9, 2014 Johna Wright
Jun 7, 2014 Regina Kay
Jun 7, 2014 Elizabeth Connly Try actually reading the Bible before you start making things up. Stop trying to undermine the church and the country, and the future of this country.
Jun 6, 2014 Yvonne Depuy
Jun 5, 2014 (Name not displayed) This logic is disgusting. I hope Senator McGill is voted out of office in Alabama.
Jun 5, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jun 4, 2014 Martina Colombo

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