proliferation of charter schools in New York has significantly affected the
state’s Catholic schools, leading to closures, enrollment decreases, and
precarious finances, according to research by Abraham M. Lackman, a
scholar-in-residence at Albany Law School’s Government Law Center.
month, the newspaper Education Week previewed Lackman’s scholarship in the
article "Catholic Schools Feeling Squeeze From Charters."
His full report is scheduled for publication in the upcoming Albany Government
His work was also featured in the Albany Times Union.
the broader impact of this trend on New York state, Lackman notes the economic
implications of having so many students shift from paying tuition for private
education to not paying tuition for public school education. Overall, Catholic
school enrollment in the state is down 96,000 students – 35 percent – in the
last decade, with little sign of slowing.
the law school’s Clarence D. Rappleyea Government Scholar in Residence for the
past two years, Lackman has also served as guest editor for an issue of the
Government Law & Policy Journal on state budget issues; organized and
moderated an Anderson breakfast program on education financing; and organized
and moderated a debate on public sector unions, the fiscal crisis and lessons from
is currently the principal of Praxis Insights, a higher educational and
governmental consultancy firm that he founded in 2009. Prior to establishing
Praxis, he served as the president of the Commission on Independent Colleges
and Universities (cIcu) for seven years. At cIcu, Lackman was responsible for
leading and coordinating the state and federal public policy advocacy of more
than 100 college presidents of New York state's private, non-profit,
independent institutions of higher education.
joining cIcu, Lackman served from 1995 to 2002 as the secretary of the New York
State Senate Finance Committee and as a special advisor to the Senate's
Majority Leader. He served as the budget director of the City of New York in
1994. For 10 years, from 1984 to 1993, he was the Senate Finance Committee's
director of fiscal studies.