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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

Jan 16, 2018 Shabnam Shafiq I don't agree with this logic and I kindly ask you to make advancing Alabama's educational system a top priority.
Jan 13, 2018 Dorothy Henry
Jan 11, 2018 Jen Valentino
Jan 10, 2018 Alysa Waring
Jan 10, 2018 Nancy Armitstead
Jan 10, 2018 Mary Smith
Jan 10, 2018 Ken Stein
Jan 10, 2018 R van strien
Jan 10, 2018 Ileana Burnett
Jan 6, 2018 J Woodhouse
Jan 5, 2018 T.J. Pitts
Jan 4, 2018 Randall Bong
Dec 29, 2017 Lori Strausser Using the Bible to justify not paying teachers what they are worth is deluded and foolish. Let's hope you came up with that bit of nonsense on your own and not taught that stupidity by a teacher gave up doing a good job because he/she was underpaid.
Dec 23, 2017 C L Tenebruso
Dec 23, 2017 Judith Mayhew
Dec 23, 2017 Carmen Blakely
Dec 23, 2017 Robert Ortiz
Dec 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 12, 2017 Marie Perry
Dec 11, 2017 Kathleen Shabi
Dec 10, 2017 barbara gale
Dec 10, 2017 Lisa Harding
Dec 9, 2017 Sue Ellen Lupien
Dec 9, 2017 Irene Souder-Coyle
Dec 9, 2017 H. M. Sustaita
Dec 9, 2017 Henry Mobley
Dec 9, 2017 Jennifer Schmitz
Dec 9, 2017 John Atkins
Dec 9, 2017 Valerie Campbell
Dec 9, 2017 Joann Adkinson
Dec 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 2, 2017 robin karlsson
Nov 27, 2017 elizabeth myrin shore
Nov 24, 2017 Tracy Arcure
Nov 20, 2017 Lynne Griffin
Nov 20, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 20, 2017 Penny Fleischman (I think paying senators is too). Seriously! You obviously have not read the Bible.
Nov 17, 2017 Sarah Thao
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Nov 14, 2017 Ashley Rozanski
Nov 11, 2017 Katharine long
Nov 8, 2017 Beah Robinson
Nov 6, 2017 Liz Pope
Nov 5, 2017 Melantha Bobrick
Nov 4, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 2, 2017 Elizabeth Wolff
Oct 28, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 25, 2017 MICHAEL Sonlight
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 21, 2017 Barbara Sickles

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