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AFONSO, Almerindo Janela. The director as manager and the different pressures and dilemas of answerability in the state public school. Roteiro. UNOESC [online]. 2018, vol.43, n.esp, pp.327-344. ISSN 2177-6059.

In Portugal, public elementary and secondary schools and public kindergartens were mostly integrated into the so-called School Groupings. Each of these school grouping, as well as the schools that were not integrated, are governed by a model of administration in which two fundamental bodies stand out: The Director, who is the management body, and the General Council, which is the collegiate body of direction. The Director is accountable for his decisions to the General Council and above all to the Ministry of Education and other departments of the State bureaucracy, with supervisory and hierarchical power. But not only. Indeed, in a context where there is also increasing scrutiny or control of families and stakeholders on schools and school grouping, especially in relation to measurable academic results, the pressures exerted on the director place him even more in the face of differentiated (and not infrequently contradictory) forms of accountability (i.e., ambivalent and heterogeneous processes of evaluation, answerability, and responsibilization). This article, however, focuses mainly on the pillar of answerability.

Palavras-chave : School Management; Director; Managerialism; Answerability.

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