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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:

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Job Description: Office Manager

Job Description for use of the office manager. Read More

Job Description: Teacher

Job description for a general classroom teacher Read More

Job Description: Receptionist

Job Description to use for the receiptionist. Read More

Job Description: Principal

Job Description to use for the school's Principal. Read More

Employee Application Form

Sample employee application form to use for potential employees. Read More

New Hire Checklist

This checklist is for schools who are hiring a new employee and want to make track the various tasks that need to be completed when bringing a new employee onboard. Read More

FMLA Request for Leave Form

Sample FMLA Request form to be used if your school is required to offer FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) leave to your employees. If you are working with an employee leasing or payroll company they may have a form you may be required to use, however, if they do not, this sample document could be modified to be used at your school. Read More

RFP - Intercom System

RFP (Request for Proposal) to solicit bids for an intercom system to be used within a charter school. Read More

Renewal Toolkit

The Charter Renewal Toolkit is a reference document intended to help schools organize their corporate ... Read More

Performance Based Salary Schedules

Florida Statute 1012.22 requires that schools develop a performance salary schedule by July 1, 2014. ... Read More

Auditors with Charter School Experience

The Florida Auditor General posts all charter school audits on their website (click here to ... Read More

Legal Handbook

Charter School Leaders and Board Members have a variety of laws and administrative rules they ... Read More

Item Bank and Testing Platform

The Office of Race to the Top Assessments with the Florida Department of Education has developed the Florida Item Bank and Test Platform (IBTP); a dynamic resource that allows teachers, schools, and districts to build and administer high quality, standards- based, engaging assessments for diagnostic, interim, or summative purposes. This presentation will provide an overview of the IBTP, with information on how to access, navigate, and use the system at the classroom, school, and district levels. Read More

Strategic Planning 101

Unless you know where you are going, you’ll never know if you’ve arrived. Strategic Planning is the process of envisioning where you want to be as an organization, and building action steps to get there. As each charter school matures, strategic planning helps you break out of just the day-to-day focus of the early operational years to a strategic, prioritized approach for long-term sustainability and growth. The presenter, Mark Cannon, has a dozen years of experience in the charter school movement in Florida and nationally as a governance and strategic planning consultant. In this webinar, he will discuss the elements of an effective strategic plan and provide suggestions for charter school leaders and board members on how to carry out a strategic planning process. Read More

FTE Class Size Information

This webinar will review recent Class Size data; steps for calculating Class Size; discuss best practices for accurately reporting Class Size data; provide an overview of the Class Size appeals process; and discuss the reduction calculations to the Class Size Operating Categorical. Read More

New Schools Check List Webinar

Getting organized with a “To Do” checklist. There’s a lot to do before you open the doors of your new school. Make sure you’re prepared by going through a simple check list that will ensure you the best possible start. Read More

Featured Resources:

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... 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... read more

Legal Handbook

Charter School Leaders and Board Members have a variety of laws and administrative rules they need to be aware of. This information is readily available online, but sometimes it is convenient to have a booklet available with all of this information. The Charter... read more

Budget Template Tool

Budget Template Tool The Charter Support Unit has developed a budget template tool to assist school in developing a comprehensive budget.  The budget has been developed as a “Question and Answer” tool where individuals put together a budget.  It... read more

New School Checklist

The new school checklist was developed for newly approved charter schools working to open a new school. The document lists the various tasks to be completed from the time the charter application is approved until the day students walk through the door. This document... read more

Sample Policy Manual

This sample policy manual provides a sample comprehensive policy manual that schools can use to craft their own policy manual. It is strongly recommended that schools do not just adopt this policy manual, but instead use it as a reference to develop a policy manual... read more