Alabama Senator McGill defends his statements about teachers’ pay

Alabama State Senator Shadrack McGill
Alabama State Senator Shadrack McGill

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A North Alabama senator has kicked up a stir after saying that a school teacher's pay should be kept in balance. And that according to the Bible, paying them too much could hurt the quality of our educators, who might just be in it for the money.

Speaking at a prayer breakfast in Fort Payne earlier this week, State Senator Shadrack McGill of Woodville was recorded saying this:

"It's a Biblical principle. If you double a teacher's pay scale, you'll attract people who aren't called to teach… And these teachers that are called to teach, regardless of the pay scale, they would teach."

McGill said his quotes are being taken out of context. And the feedback he's receiving from teachers bears that out.

"They're just outraged that I would make such a statement," he said.

He said the Bible refers to keeping things in balance.

"Legislative pay has to be balanced. If you pay too much or too little, both can tend toward corruption. With teacher's pay, it needs to be in balance on education they've put into it," said McGill. "I definitely wasn't trying to say you can't raise a teacher's pay because of Biblical principles. That's ridiculous."

One other thing that has people up in arms, McGill compared a balance in pay between lawmakers and teachers. He says he favors a 67% pay increase for state lawmakers that passed in 2007, saying that by paying legislators more, they're less susceptible to taking bribes from lobbyists.

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