AàC / CfP – « Private Partners and Profits in Public Schools: New Challenges », Journal of Educational Administration and History

Appel à contributions : In the past two decades, the decline in public resources for schools around the world has been offset by a growth in private sources of funding and new roles for private actors and organizations. These trends have received some favorable responses from public school communities because they often yield much-needed financial and/or human resources for cash-strapped public schools. Nonetheless, these forms of education privatization has been critiqued for worsening disparities between school communities of different levels of wealth, and for creating financial conditions that are insecure because of the irregular contributions of private donors. Other concerns have been raised about private business ethos and practices entering into the public education system because they alter how public schools are conceived, perceived, experienced, and managed. Such concerns have been expressed in the growing field of scholarship on the privatization of education. The purpose of this Call for Papers is to elicit manuscripts for a special issue of the Journal of Education Administration and History that will contribute to the scholarship of education privatization by providing localized analyses that can deepen the field’s understanding of this global phenomenon.

In particular, we seek research articles that use interdisciplinary conceptual and methodological approaches to better understand the political, economic, social, spatial, and/or  discursive processes underpinning the expansion of private resources in public education and how these processes are altering public schools in different local and national contexts. We seek papers that can offer deep analyses of values, ideologies, discourses, politics, social and racial structures, biases, and geographies that underpin and explain the growing gaps that are generated by private money, resources, and partners (including parents) in public schools. We seek articles that provide critical questions, assessments, and discussions of the influence of private actors and partners in public schools at various scales. Potential topics include expanding private resources in the areas of fundraising, public-private partnerships (PPPs), donations, and philanthropy as well as how these resources are operated and managed by parents and business partners.

In addition to offering novel analyses of how education privatization is facilitated and enacted by new and familiar private agents, this special issue aims to identify responses that may lead to more equitable distribution of resources. To help achieve this goal and to facilitate cross-national and multi-sector conversations about causes and consequences of privatization of education, each article accepted for publication will be followed by a response from an educational leader or scholar who resides in a country different from the one examined by the article’s author/s.


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