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Supporting Florida's Charter Schools

A Partnership Between the Florida's DOE School Choice Office and Building Hope

Welcome to the Charter Support Unit

Welcome to the home page of the Florida Charter Support Unit (CSU). The CSU was originally proposed by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) in a large federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) grant that was awarded to our state. The objectives set forth in this CSP grant require the FDOE to provide a support structure for assisting new and start-up charter schools in the areas of administration, curriculum, finance and governance. Specifically the CSU is designed to “provide short-term, intensive, and targeted support for new charter schools.”

We are pleased to announce that the Florida Department of Education has contracted with Building Hope to implement the CSU project and provide these important services to new and start-up charter schools who have not yet gone through their first charter renewal with their district.  To learn more about the services of the CSU, please visit our About Us page.

How To Get Help
The Charter Support Unit is available to help charter schools as needed. If we can provide assistance to your school, please call us at (727) 286-3185 or email cfuller@flcsu.org.
Services Available
The CSU offers numerous services. The various services can be accessed from the “Services” menu item above, or by clicking on the links below:

Upcoming Events

Nothing from March 30, 2017 to April 20, 2017.

Recently Added Resources

Job Description: Dean of Students

Job Description to use for a Dean of Students. Read More

Sample School Behavior Confirmation

This document is a sample list of behaviors which may require student consequences and a list of potential consequences for those behaviors. It includes excerpts from a bullying policy which the parents also should acknowledge. Read More

Job Description: Title One Teacher

Sample job description for a Title One support teacher, if the school has one. Read More

Job Description: Transitions Teacher

Job Description for a transitions teacher if the school has one. Read More

Release of Information

This is a document a school can use to get permission to release or obtain student information from another entity. This is especially important with regards to student private and HIPA requirements. Read More

Media Release

This is a form that parents can sign to give the school permission to photograph or record students. Read More

Hard Copy Request Form

Some schools try to cut down on the amount of paper they print and send home.  In an attempt to do this schools are moving more towards electronic communication, however, not all families have access to the internet.  The school may wish to keep a list of parents who indicate that they do not have internet access, so that the school can send hard copies home with those children. This form could be used to collect that data from families, and the school can then maintain a list of students who require hard copies. Read More

General Board Schedule Grid

This document provides a general outline for a schedule schools may wish to consider regarding regular annual topics the governing board must discuss and consider. Read More

General Board Schedule Grid

This document provides a general outline for a schedule schools may wish to consider regarding regular annual topics the governing board must discuss and consider. Read More

CSP Budget Development Tool

The Charter Support Unit has been asked by the State of Florida's Department of School ... Read More

Quickbooks Chart of Accounts

Charter Schools are required to use the accounting classifications as defined in the Red Book ... Read More

Charter School Insurance Guide

This charter school insurance guide provides insurance about what types of insurance charter schools should consider and might be required to have based on their charter contract. The guide discusses the insurance requirements of the model charter school contract and provides definitions about typical insurance terms. This guide is based off a similar guide provided by the Palm Beach County School District for their charter schools, and we thank them for allowing us to use their model. Read More

Effectively Using Social Media as a Marketing Tool

Marketing charter schools can be a complicated task. With limited budgets, and the ever present need to ensure the school meets enrollment targets, finding inexpensive and effective ways of recruiting new families is essential. Join us for a webinar presented by a Principal who has found ways to effectively utilize social media to engage and recruit families. Avant Garde Academy K-8 Broward opened in 2015 with an impressive enrollment of 943 students, thanks in large part to the social media efforts utilized by Principal Steven Blinder. Mr. Blinder will share some of what did and did not work well as this informative webinar. Read More

Firing an employee - Make sure you cross your "T"s and dot your "i"s

Charter Schools have the option to be a public or private employer. Florida is an at-will employment state. Many people believe that this means you can just terminate an employee when necessary. While this is true, terminating an employee does open the school up to potential lawsuits. Therefore it is important for schools to ensure they have policies in place to properly document and support employees prior to firing them. Join us for this presentation presented by Lindsay Oyewale of de Beaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal, LLP which will focus on the details of terminating an employee. Read More

Public Records Laws

Charter schools are subject to Florida’s Public Records Laws. Almost any document the school creates from financial reports, to emails to payroll reports are subject to public records requests. Join us for this presentation presented by Daniel Mantzaris of de Beaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal, LLP which will cover the definition of public records, how charter schools should respond to public records request, how records should be maintained and what the consequences of non-compliance could be. Read More

How to Effectively Create a Professional Development Plan Using the Teacher Evaluation

Educators often talk about building life-long learners in our students. Equally importantly for charter school leaders is facilitating a process to make your staff members life long learners as well. This webinar will focus on providing an interactive process between those who are evaluated, the evaluators, and the coaches in order to develop realistic professional development plan. This interaction promotes effective peer communication to identify and address evaluatee's strength and weakness. The peer coaches can provide timely feedback regarding professional development standards, affecting student learning. The implementation of the strategies discussed in this webinar will facilitate professional development and student's growth. This webinar will be presented by Raul Baez of Excelsior Charter and Everest Charter Schools. Read More

Upcoming Webinars

Featured Resources:

New School Institute Training 4

The third training of the New School Institute was held on July 13, 2016 in Lakeland Florida. The training focused on tips for school administrators focused on getting the school up and running. Recording The above recording was started shortly into the meeting. The first part of the meeting was not recorded, sorry. Special Thanks Polk County Schools – for allowing us to use their training facilities for the New School Institute. ADP – for providing lunch to the participants at the training. Presentation Slides Updated Training Binder 2016-03-02 - TrainingBinder 2016-03-02 - TrainingBinder.pdf 16.0 MiB Details Category:New School Institute Date:July 15, 2016 The following file are the binder inserts for those who have the March, 2016 binder. 2016-07-13 - TrainingBinder 2016-07-13 - TrainingBinder.pdf 21.0 MiB Details Category:New School Institute Date:July 15,... read more

CSP Budget Development Tool

The Charter Support Unit has been asked by the State of Florida’s Department of School Choice to provide assistance to CSP grant recipients with the development of grant budgets. In order to provide this assistance the CSU has developed a CSP Budget Development Tool which can help schools write the narrative budget descriptions which are necessary to submit to the state. The CSP Budget Development Tool was created in Google Docs and is not something you can download and use, it is something you must use online. This allows us to push out updates quickly without you needing to download and transfer data to updated versions of the tool. If you would like to use the CSP Budget Development Tool, you must email Curtis Fuller at cfuller@flcsu.org asking to have a document created for your school. Please include the gmail address(es) you would like the document shared with as well. Below are a series of videos walking through how to use the CSP Budget Development Tool as well as user documentation on how to use the tool effectively. If you should have any questions, please contact the CSU for assistance. Video 1: General Overview This video provides you with a general overview of the tool and what is included in the various sheets of the workbook. Video 2: The Building Options Sheet This video provides a description of how to use the Building Options sheet to create single budget line items, and to review all of the information from the Allowable Expenses document created by the office of School Choice. If you are unfamiliar with the budget process or what is... read more

New School Institute Training 1

The Charter Support Unit was excited to present the first New School Institute training on November 10, 2015 at the state Charter School Conference. The three hour training covered the basic steps that new schools need to start thinking about now in order to be open to open their schools next August. A recording of the presentation is below. The next training will occur in January, and we are currently working to secure and location and date for the meeting. Recording The presentation was simulcast over Google On Air, and the recording is available for those who were unable to attend the training. The recording is embedded from YouTube below or can be accessed directly by clicking here. Slides The slides from the presentation are embedded below. Binder The binder that was shared with the participants is available for viewing or download below. 2015-11-10 - TrainingBinder 2015-11-10 - TrainingBinder.pdf 11.8 MiB Details Category:New School Institute Date:July 15,... read more

Sample Compensation Manual

This document provides information on how to calculate payroll information for employees, especially salaried employees whose salaries are paid over 12-months, but who may work less than 12-months out of the year.   It provides formulas for calculating the final pay paychecks for employees who leave prior to the end of the school year, as well as calculating per-check amounts for those employees who start working at the school after the first day of school. The Charter Support Unit recommends that Boards adopt a document similar to this, or incorporate this into their policy manual to ensure that employees understand the payroll processes used at the school. PDF Version Microsoft Word Version Sample Compensation Manual(164.4 KiB) Sample Compensation Manual(137.0... read more

Renewal Toolkit

The Charter Renewal Toolkit is a reference document intended to help schools organize their corporate documents and performance records to help schools prepare for their renewal.  The guide is developed to be reviewed quarterly so that the school can add resources to the archive to be ensure you are maintaining essential documents which you may need for your renewal or other corporate activities as the school matures.   PDF Version Microsoft Word Version Renewal Toolkit(412.2 KiB) Renewal Toolkit(204.5... read more

FTE Re-Calibration

Starting with the 2013-14 school year, FTE payments are recalibrated at the state level so that no student is paid for being more than one full time student. Student FTE reported by more than one district is recalibrated and shared by both districts. This free webinar will be presented by Kendra Jahnke and Chris Sanchez from the Department of Education to help Charter Schools understand the FTE reporting and recalibration process for calculating a student’s amount, and how to utilize the FTE reports and other resources available to verify student FTE reported and funded. Title: FTE Re-Calibration Presenter: Kendra Jahnke, Chris Sanchez Date: June 20, 2014 Time: 10:00 am Recording: https://vimeo.com/98766104 Recording After viewing the presentation, please take a moment to take a brief surbey at bit.ly/flcsu Handout 2014-06-20 - 1415 FTE Recalibration 2014-06-20 - 1415 FTE Recalibration.pdf 189.3 KiB Details Category:Webinar Handouts Date:July 15,... read more
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