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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

Apr 18, 2014 rhonda Ricks
Apr 13, 2014 Sofia Frauehofer
Apr 12, 2014 Maria dels Àngels Beltran
Apr 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Mar 23, 2014 Marcella Floyd
Mar 18, 2014 Jen Valentino
Mar 10, 2014 Carol Hoke
Mar 7, 2014 Synnove Johnson
Feb 24, 2014 Lindsay Riffle
Feb 23, 2014 Shirlee Adams You get what you pay for.
Feb 15, 2014 Richard Bosboom
Feb 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Feb 14, 2014 (Name not displayed) In some foreign places, teachers are revered. After all, they do provide the very first stepping stones for your child's comprehension and success. If they are so important for learning and developing, why are they earning slim, unfair salaries?
Feb 8, 2014 Saegan Anderson
Feb 4, 2014 Nicole Harris
Feb 4, 2014 Denese Burrell
Feb 3, 2014 Brenda Crozier
Feb 2, 2014 Stephanie DeLuca
Jan 31, 2014 Cheryl Ambrozetes
Jan 22, 2014 Teresa Ashley
Jan 10, 2014 Samantha Johnson
Jan 10, 2014 robin dolbear
Jan 8, 2014 Pam DeLitta Show me that verse from the bible...I read it daily and have yet to come across a psalm that recommends teachers be underpaid.
Jan 7, 2014 Roxane Connor
Jan 6, 2014 Stefano Serpico
Jan 3, 2014 Sharim Frangos
Jan 1, 2014 April Cross
Jan 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 30, 2013 Dana Earnest
Dec 28, 2013 Tina Bryant
Dec 26, 2013 Sherrie Day
Dec 24, 2013 Nora Baty
Dec 21, 2013 clayton cuba
Dec 21, 2013 jeanne reitz good teachers and good counselors need to be paid better salaries because they have a lasting impact on our children and on our world
Dec 21, 2013 (Name not displayed)
Dec 21, 2013 tasha jalal
Dec 18, 2013 Sondra McMurray
Dec 17, 2013 Richard Bosboom
Dec 14, 2013 kathleen molinari
Dec 14, 2013 (Name not displayed)
Dec 11, 2013 Beverly Thomason-Fitzgerald
Dec 10, 2013 Angela Holmes
Dec 9, 2013 Sophie Miller
Dec 7, 2013 Kathleen Foley
Dec 2, 2013 Máire Woodhurst
Nov 26, 2013 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2013 sophie miller
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Nov 17, 2013 Kathy Bergquist
Nov 13, 2013 Christy Anderson

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