Verily, Verily, I Say Unto You: Do Not Pay Your Teachers A Living Wage, Lest They Defile Their Godly Calling

Abby Zimet

Alabama state Sen. Shadrack McGill said at a prayer breakfast this week that raising teachers’ salaries — starting pay for Alabama teachers is $36,144 — would hurt not help education because keeping teacher pay low is "a Biblical principle." Oddly, McGill couldn't find anything in the Bible about curtailing legislators' pay, which he voted to raise.

"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. It's just in them to do. It's the ability that God give 'em."

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