As the debate continues over education policy in the state, Assembly Democrats this week introduced a measure that would cap executive pay at charter schools that receive state funds.
One of the bill’s main sponsors, Assemblywoman Deborah Glick of Manhattan, said the measure was being developed last year, before Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his $142 billion state budget that includes plans to strengthen charter schools by raising the statewide cap and providing more per pupil tuition assistance.
The legislation would cap executive pay at the schools at $199,000.
Glick in an interview said the measure was meant to provide more accountability and transparency for both charter schools that receive state funds and their leadership.
“There are charter schools that are more corporate than others that receive significant outside support,” Glick said. “Their argument is they are being paid by these outside dollars. If they continue to be cast as public schools and get additional outside support, they can’t continue to have it both ways.”
Glick added that executives at charter schools shouldn’t be paid more than, say, the chancellor of the city’s public schools system.
“I think if you are projecting your charter school as a public school, you certainly should not be receiving more compensation than the chancellor of the city school system,” she said.
Two things to note here:
The bill has no sponsor in the Senate.
The charter industry is against it.
Well, three things to note:
Governor Cuomo pushed through an executive order in the past capping executive pay at non-profits.
No word on whether Governor Accountability will support Glick's bill capping charter school executive pay.