The latest issue of European Education addresses a heatedly debated topic of privatization of public education in post-socialist Eastern Europe and Eurasia. This region is of particular interest because of the rapid transition from central to market economies, and the lack of subsequent systematic research on privatization in education either in the global literature on education or the regionally focused literature on privatization and its extension into marketization and public–private partnerships. This special issue aims to bridge this gap by stimulating further research and debate about the effects of privatization on education across the former socialist region. Drawing on case studies from Romania, Ukraine, Russia, and Tajikistan, the articles in this issue raise questions about the incentives and potential for structural discrimination that are created as private funds for education are directed into school systems through a variety of mechanisms that include school choice, private schools, parent payments to public schools, not-for-profit private providers, and supplementary tutoring courses.
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Table of Contents
Editorial Introduction: (Re)Examining Privatization and Public Education in Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Kate Lapham, Daniel Pop, and Iveta Silova
Private Pre-University Education in Romania: Mixing Control with Lack of Strategy
Reworking of School Principals’ Roles in the Context of Educational Privatization: A view from Ukraine
Serhiy Kovalchuk and Svitlana Shchudlo
Parental Choices in the Primary and Secondary School Market in Dushanbe, Tajikistan
The “Language Barrier” in Private Online Tutoring: From an Innocuous Concept to a Neoliberal Marketing Tool