The Detroit Free Press ran a story about a candidate for the U.S. Senate who will have to take a big pay cut if he wins.

He currently is paid $553,000 in total compensation to oversee and fundraise for three small charter schools, enrolling 1,500 students.

If legislators and business groups are really concerned about reining in the costs of education, they should require that charter school executives are paid salaries no greater than the local district superintendent. That is, if charter schools really are public schools. I await the day when some smart researcher compiles a list of the charter leaders of the national charter chains and their salaries. For public officials, that is a matter of public record. It should be a matter of public record for charter executives, if they are public schools.

Of course, this particular executive was responsible for only three schools, not a national charter chain.

Eva Moskowitz, the head of the Success Academy chain in New York City is paid about $400,000. Geoffrey Canada, who oversees the Harlem Children’s Zone, is paid between $400,000-500,000. Deborah Kenney of Harlem Village Academy is paid more than $400,000. This is considerably more than the chancellor of the New York City public schools, who is paid $250,000.

Public education has never attracted people by the compensation it offers. Neither should charter management. The lure should  be the mission, not the money.