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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

Mar 19, 2018 Richard Han
Mar 19, 2018 Mary Ann Jones
Mar 18, 2018 Donna Delin
Mar 18, 2018 Allison Lansberry In some countries teachers are paid higher than doctors
Mar 18, 2018 Geniece Medsker
Mar 12, 2018 Kristi Weber
Mar 10, 2018 Julie Berberi
Mar 10, 2018 Jessica Haag
Mar 10, 2018 Ronald Wolniewicz
Mar 10, 2018 Judith Busse
Mar 6, 2018 Amy Hile
Mar 4, 2018 Betty Finley
Mar 4, 2018 Jason Saville
Mar 1, 2018 Amber Greenwood
Feb 24, 2018 judy daniels
Feb 24, 2018 Carol Carter What Bible are you reading??? I don't even see anywhere it says we pay Senators!!
Feb 23, 2018 Jeanine Smegal
Feb 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2018 James Smith
Feb 18, 2018 Ethel Williams-Dumas Do you really have any idea what teachers do and how much of their own money they spend trying to give their students the best. I do. I am a retired teacher and believe me the retirement benefits are not that good.
Feb 18, 2018 georgia gillespie i was a sales rep for IBM and also a surgical sales rep. I also taught for 20 years. teaching is BY FAR the most difficult, exhausting and rewarding. i took a 40,000.00 cut when i went into teaching. you are an idiot; you do not have a clue.
Feb 18, 2018 Ken Canty
Feb 18, 2018 Meg Blanchard
Feb 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2018 CAROL FAUCETT
Feb 16, 2018 Elisenda Ponsa
Feb 14, 2018 Teresa Foster
Feb 14, 2018 Teresa Foster
Feb 13, 2018 Jane Zhi
Feb 12, 2018 Alicia Orr
Feb 10, 2018 Michael K. Hampu
Jan 29, 2018 Antonio De Lise
Jan 28, 2018 Kirsten Ostrofsky
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

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