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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

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
Sep 1, 2014 Sheila Ward
Aug 31, 2014 Richard Bosboom
Aug 30, 2014 Mikail Barron
Aug 25, 2014 Cathy Thomas
Aug 18, 2014 Patrick Tubilleja
Aug 15, 2014 natalie hughes
Aug 13, 2014 Ren Martin
Aug 10, 2014 CATHERINE DASH With that kind of logic, politicians should also receive pittance wages. They should anyway as most of them are on the take from lobbyists!
Aug 10, 2014 Fawn Quintanilla
Aug 9, 2014 Gwyn Bradford
Aug 8, 2014 Helene Raacke
Aug 1, 2014 Allison Wehrle
Jul 29, 2014 Jan Smith
Jul 27, 2014 Tammy Hopman
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

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