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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 October 17, 2017 to November 7, 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

2017 HB 7069 Statute Updates

The 2017 Legislature approved House Bill #7069 which made many changes to educational and charter ... 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

Applying For FEMA Assistance

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Changes to Public Records Statutes

Public Records Requests have been on the rise for charter schools, and lawsuits for those who do not properly respond to such requests are a reality for charters throughout Florida. The public records statute was recently changed to require that if someone plans to sue over a public records request, they must provide 5-days notice before filing the lawsuit if the school has properly posted who their “custodian of public records” is. This simple posting could save Charter Schools thousands of dollars and many headaches. Join us for a presentation about this new change and public records laws in general presented by attorney Shawn Arnold of the Arnold Law Firm who is Board Certified in Education Law and is counsel to more than 100 charter schools in Florida. Read More

Using the CSU Budget Template for Charter Applications

The Charter Support Unit has developed a comprehensive budget template designed to help create a complete budget. Many groups writing charter applications have used the template to write new charter applications. This webinar will be presented to speak to groups using the template to write a charter application. The presentation will discuss the importance of ensuring alignment between your charter application’s narrative and the budget itself. It will talk about common issues groups have had while using the budget tool, and will discuss some of the key indicators districts might look at while reviewing your application’s budget. 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

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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