Welcome to the Public Education Exchange!

The Public Education Exchange (PEX)  advocates for public schools that are equitable, accessible, publicly funded, democratically governed, and in pursuit of the common good.

The PEX invites scholars, public education advocates, and members of the public to create and share knowledge about education privatization and its impacts on social inequality and the common good.

New Resources from the Public Education Exchange!

PEX members create and share knowledge about education privatization and its effects on social inequality and the public good. The PEX team collects this information via invitations, literature reviews, media searches, and events and shares it on the PEX website.

  • Article

    2024

    “Data my ass”: Political rhizomes of power and the symbolic violence of neoliberal privatization

    The authors explore the inner workings of neoliberal governance and education privatization and show these processes disproportionately affect vulnerable communities and undermine democracy.

    Success Story
    Reclaiming Public Education
    Resisting Privatization
    Strengthening Public Education
    Forms of Education Privatization
  • Article

    2024

    Whack-a-moles and hydra: Searching for a new privatization metaphor in education

    The authors propose the rhizome as a metaphor for education privatization, reflecting the phenomenon’s opportunistic, adaptable, and dispersed nature.

    Resisting Privatization
    Neoliberalism
  • Article

    2024

    Defending and Strengthening Public Education as a Common Good: Toward Cross-Border Advocacy

    In this introduction to a special issue of Critical Education, Shannon Moore, Ee-Seul Yoon, and Melanie Janzen discuss contemporary forces and outcomes of education privatization in Canada.

    Resisting Privatization
    Forms of Education Privatization
    Neoliberalism

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About Education Privatization

Education privatization refers to greater involvement of private actors in public education and the introduction of ideas, practices, and values of the for-profit sector into public schools. These changes lead to another kind of privatization: the idea that public education is primarily for creating individual benefits rather than for the public good. While education privatization is not new, the COVID-19 pandemic created the conditions for education privatization to grow and flourish.