• Petitioned Governor Mark Dayton

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Governor of Minnesota
Governor Mark Dayton
Governor of California
Governor Jerry Brown
Governor of Alabama
Governor Robert Bentley
Governor of Alaska
Governor Sean Parnell
Governor of Arizona
Governor Jan Brewer
Governor of Arkansas
Governor Mike Beebe
Governor of Colorado
Governor John Hickenlooper
Governor of Connecticut
Governor Dan Malloy
Governor of Delaware
Governor Jack Markell
Governor of Florida
Governor Rick Scott
Governor of Hawaii
Governor Neil Abercrombie
Governor of Idaho
Governor Butch Otter
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Governor Pat Quinn
Governor of Indiana
Governor Mike Pence
Governor of Kentucky
Governor Steven Beshear
Governor of Maine
Governor Paul LePage
Governor of Maryland
Governor Martin O'Malley
Governor of Mississippi
Governor Phil Bryant
Governor of Nebraska
Governor Dave Heineman
Governor of New Hampshire
Governor Maggie Hassan
Governor of New Jersey
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Governor of New York
Governor Andrew Cuomo
Governor of North Dakota
Governor Jack Dalrymple
governor of Oregon
Governor John Kitzhaber
governor of Pennsylvania
Governor Tom Corbett
governor of Rhode Island
governor Lincoln Chafee
Governor of South Carolina
Governor Nikki Haley
Governor of Kansas
Governor Sam Brownback (Governor of Kansas)
Governor of Michigan
Governor Rick Snyder (Governor of Michigan)
Governor of North Carolina
Governor Pat McCrory (Governor of North Carolina)
Governor of Iowa
Governor Terry Branstad (Governor of Iowa)
Governor of Louisiana
Governor Bobby Jindal (Governor of Louisiana)
Governor of Montana
Governor Steve Bullock (Governor of Montana)
Governor of Georgia
Governor Nathan Deal (Governor of Georgia)
Governor of Massachusetts
Governor Deval Patrick (Governor of Massachusetts)
Governor of Ohio
Governor John Kasich (Governor of Ohio)
Governor of Nevada
Governor Brian Sandoval (Governor of Nevada)
Governor of Missouri
Governor Jay Nixon (Governor of Missouri)
Gov. Mary Fallin

Raise teachers' salaries so that excellent teachers will be able to afford to stay in the classroom, and talented graduates will choose to join the most important profession in the world.

    1. Petition by

      The Teacher Salary Project

Right now we have a rare opportunity to fundamentally reshape the future, and it begins with the teaching profession. We know that our education system isn’t prepared to meet our present or future needs. We also know that systemic changes will only occur when strong college students choose teaching and when excellent teachers can afford to stay in their classroom. 

We invite you to join The Teacher Salary Project and improve teachers’ salaries as a cornerstone to the reform our communities need. Paying teachers what they’re worth can transform teaching into the prestigious, desirable, financially viable, and professionally exciting job we all know it needs to be. 

Countries that have shown great results in education have one thing in common: a stable, prestigious team of educators that were the best students themselves. Those countries also pay their teachers like other professionals whereas we don’t. We want to see these numbers raised and we want to see highly skilled, veteran teachers earning professional salaries. This is what industrialized nations that are serious about public education offer their teachers. We should join them.

The Teacher Salary Project is a nonpartisan organization committed to raising awareness of the impact of our national policy of underpaying and undervaluing educators. With American Teacher, a feature-length documentary film narrated by Matt Damon, and a national outreach campaign that has reached 600 communities and thousands of followers, we work to highlight the critical role teachers play in ensuring our democracy works and helping our economy grow.

Now, through The Governors' Challenge, The Teacher Salary Project is asking leaders in all 50 states to immediately and meaningfully address the question of teacher compensation in order to increase the desirability and sustainability of teaching in every state. Our kids and our country deserve the most talented, dedicated teachers available who can stay and thrive in the profession—and those teachers deserve our respect and fair pay.

By signing this petition, you are taking our pledge to show your governor that you want to see change happen in your state. We will be sharing each governor’s response on our website, and you can help your governor see how important it is to take action. Together we can shine the spotlight on states making progress in attracting and developing expert teachers, while spurring action in states where reform is needed.

TAKE THE PLEDGE: Great teachers are vital for our kids and our communities, but we are losing them because we don't pay them like the professionals we ask them to be. I pledge to support raising teachers' salaries so that excellent teachers will be able to afford to stay in the classroom, and talented graduates will choose to join the most important profession in the world.

For more information about The Governors' Challenge campaign and The Teacher Salary Project, visit our website. 

Governor Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota
Governor Jerry Brown, Governor of California
Governor Robert Bentley, Governor of Alabama
Governor Sean Parnell, Governor of Alaska
Governor Jan Brewer, Governor of Arizona
Governor Mike Beebe, Governor of Arkansas
Governor John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado
Governor Dan Malloy, Governor of Connecticut
Governor Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware
Governor Rick Scott, Governor of Florida
Governor Neil Abercrombie, Governor of Hawaii
Governor Butch Otter, Governor of Idaho
Governor Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois
Governor Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana
Governor Steven Beshear, Governor of Kentucky
Governor Paul LePage, Governor of Maine
Governor Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland
Governor Phil Bryant, Governor of Mississippi
Governor Dave Heineman, Governor of Nebraska
Governor Maggie Hassan, Governor of New Hampshire
Governor Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey
Governor Susana Martinez, Governor of New Mexico
Governor Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York
Governor Jack Dalrymple, Governor of North Dakota
Governor John Kitzhaber, governor of Oregon
Governor Tom Corbett, governor of Pennsylvania
governor Lincoln Chafee, governor of Rhode Island
Governor Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina
Governor Sam Brownback (Governor of Kansas), Governor of Kansas
Governor Rick Snyder (Governor of Michigan), Governor of Michigan
Governor Pat McCrory (Governor of North Carolina), Governor of North Carolina
Governor Terry Branstad (Governor of Iowa), Governor of Iowa
Governor Bobby Jindal (Governor of Louisiana), Governor of Louisiana
Governor Steve Bullock (Governor of Montana), Governor of Montana
Governor Nathan Deal (Governor of Georgia), Governor of Georgia
Governor Deval Patrick (Governor of Massachusetts), Governor of Massachusetts
Governor John Kasich (Governor of Ohio), Governor of Ohio
Governor Brian Sandoval (Governor of Nevada), Governor of Nevada
Governor Jay Nixon (Governor of Missouri), Governor of Missouri
Gov. Mary Fallin, Oklahoma-05
Raise teachers' salaries so that excellent teachers will be able to afford to stay in the classroom, and talented graduates will choose to join the most important profession in the world.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Your Guide to Surviving a Political Conversation at Thanksgiving

      On this eve of Thanksgiving, we are grateful for all the supporters of the Governors' Challenge and raising teacher pay thus far.

      Now we invite you to share your passion for raising teachers' salaries with your friends and families. Don't worry; we've created a guide to help you navigate this incredibly important issue with everyone at the table this holiday.

      Once everyone is on the same page and raising a toast to the influential teachers in your lives, gather round a smartphone and film a video of all of you saying the pledge! Share your video with The Teacher Salary Project on Facebook for a chance to appear in one of our new short films.

      The guide, and more on the films:

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. Governors Receive News of the Challenge This Week!

      Today The Teacher Salary Project sent resource packets about raising teacher pay to all fifty governors. We will be tracking the governors' responses to the pledge you've signed here, and the additional materials, through an interactive map on our website. Visit theteachersalaryproject.org for the latest developments, and spread the word!


      The Teacher Salary Project

      WATCH AT HOME PLAN A SCREENING ABOUT THE FILM About the Stars Behind the Camera

    5. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Britni Worthy CARROLLTON, GA
      • 14 days ago

      I am a teacher and struggle to make ends meet. Getting played once a month with no planning days and working

    • Tiffany powers MORGAN HILL, CA
      • 19 days ago

      I am a teacher and believe stronger salaries will keep excellent teachers in the profession.

    • Kathryn Roscrow BRENTWOOD, CA
      • 20 days ago

      I am a teacher who wants her son to grow up in a society that respects his mom.

    • Emily Moorehead SUNNYVALE, CA
      • 20 days ago

      This is important to me because I am a teacher who stuggles to meet my needs financially, but I love what I do. Please help me stay in this profession.

    • jordan saunders JACKSON, MS
      • 22 days ago

      My mother is a teacher and i hate to see her work so hard to barely make ends meet


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