According to an evaluation conducted by The Boston Globe, the salaries of the top charter school executives in the city are off the charts: The median pay package for the top leaders of the 16 charter schools in Boston was $170,000 last year, making most of them among the highest-paid public school officials in Boston. Charter schools are premised on a corporate entrepreneurial approach that, in general, underpays teachers and overpays school "CEOs." Educating young people is not a business. Enhancing public education should be supported over corporate-style alternatives such as charter schools that ignore racial and economic inequities.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.