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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.

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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.
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Spotlight: Bay Haven Charter Academy

Bay Haven Charter Academy opened in 2001 with just over 200 students and has grown into a network of schools serving nearly 3,000 students, receiving almost exclusively "A" grades from the state grading system each year for every school.  The school credits it's success to building their school on philosophical constructs based on best practice, and what is best for kids. One of the keys to their program is to "Bayhavenize" all of their stake holders from students to parents to staff members.  Each summer the school hosts a New Teacher Boot Camp to orientate their new staff members to the ideals that have made Bay Haven a success.  This presentation was led by Dr. Tim Kitts regarding their teacher orientation program, and how they ensure their staff live up to the High Expectations/High Achievement the school has for employees. Read More

Spotlight: Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School

Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School is a public charter school opened in 2007. Founded by Pro Football Hall of Fame Bucs Linebacker Derrick Brooks and the Edward J. DeBartolo Family, the school has always been focused on the goal of providing a high quality collegiate educational program to its students. The school uses a variety of methods to customize their educational approaches to reach each individual student, and has experienced fantastic success, having gone from a "D" in its second year to five consecutive "A"s from the State of Florida. This presentation focused on this successful school and how the Principal, Ms. Kristine Bennett uses her strong organizational skills to plan the school. The talk was focused on what leaders can do to plan for the myriad of deadlines and requirements they need to focus on, while still allowing them to stay focused on the important task of the school's academic success. Read More

CSU Spotlight Presentation: Aug. 6 - Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School

Florida Charter Support Unit Supporting Florida's Charter Schools Free Professional Development Opportunity for Charter School ... Read More

Comprehensive 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 that will work well with the school in accordance with your charter application, charter contract and desires of the governing board. Read More

Spotlight: Bay Haven Charter Academy

Bay Haven Charter Academy opened in 2001 with just over 200 students and has grown into a network of schools serving nearly 3,000 students, receiving almost exclusively "A" grades from the state grading system each year for every school.  The school credits it's success to building their school on philosophical constructs based on best practice, and what is best for kids. One of the keys to their program is to "Bayhavenize" all of their stake holders from students to parents to staff members.  Each summer the school hosts a New Teacher Boot Camp to orientate their new staff members to the ideals that have made Bay Haven a success.  This presentation was led by Dr. Tim Kitts regarding their teacher orientation program, and how they ensure their staff live up to the High Expectations/High Achievement the school has for employees. Read More

Spotlight: Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School

Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School is a public charter school opened in 2007. Founded by Pro Football Hall of Fame Bucs Linebacker Derrick Brooks and the Edward J. DeBartolo Family, the school has always been focused on the goal of providing a high quality collegiate educational program to its students. The school uses a variety of methods to customize their educational approaches to reach each individual student, and has experienced fantastic success, having gone from a "D" in its second year to five consecutive "A"s from the State of Florida. This presentation focused on this successful school and how the Principal, Ms. Kristine Bennett uses her strong organizational skills to plan the school. The talk was focused on what leaders can do to plan for the myriad of deadlines and requirements they need to focus on, while still allowing them to stay focused on the important task of the school's academic success. Read More

CSU Spotlight Presentation: Aug. 6 - Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School

Florida Charter Support Unit Supporting Florida's Charter Schools Free Professional Development Opportunity for Charter School ... Read More

Comprehensive 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 that will work well with the school in accordance with your charter application, charter contract and desires of the governing board. Read More

Spotlight: Bay Haven Charter Academy

Bay Haven Charter Academy opened in 2001 with just over 200 students and has grown into a network of schools serving nearly 3,000 students, receiving almost exclusively "A" grades from the state grading system each year for every school.  The school credits it's success to building their school on philosophical constructs based on best practice, and what is best for kids. One of the keys to their program is to "Bayhavenize" all of their stake holders from students to parents to staff members.  Each summer the school hosts a New Teacher Boot Camp to orientate their new staff members to the ideals that have made Bay Haven a success.  This presentation was led by Dr. Tim Kitts regarding their teacher orientation program, and how they ensure their staff live up to the High Expectations/High Achievement the school has for employees. Read More

Spotlight: Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School

Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School is a public charter school opened in 2007. Founded by Pro Football Hall of Fame Bucs Linebacker Derrick Brooks and the Edward J. DeBartolo Family, the school has always been focused on the goal of providing a high quality collegiate educational program to its students. The school uses a variety of methods to customize their educational approaches to reach each individual student, and has experienced fantastic success, having gone from a "D" in its second year to five consecutive "A"s from the State of Florida. This presentation focused on this successful school and how the Principal, Ms. Kristine Bennett uses her strong organizational skills to plan the school. The talk was focused on what leaders can do to plan for the myriad of deadlines and requirements they need to focus on, while still allowing them to stay focused on the important task of the school's academic success. Read More

CSU Spotlight Presentation: Aug. 6 - Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School

Florida Charter Support Unit Supporting Florida's Charter Schools Free Professional Development Opportunity for Charter School ... Read More

Comprehensive 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 that will work well with the school in accordance with your charter application, charter contract and desires of the governing board. Read More

Spotlight: Bay Haven Charter Academy

Bay Haven Charter Academy opened in 2001 with just over 200 students and has grown into a network of schools serving nearly 3,000 students, receiving almost exclusively "A" grades from the state grading system each year for every school.  The school credits it's success to building their school on philosophical constructs based on best practice, and what is best for kids. One of the keys to their program is to "Bayhavenize" all of their stake holders from students to parents to staff members.  Each summer the school hosts a New Teacher Boot Camp to orientate their new staff members to the ideals that have made Bay Haven a success.  This presentation was led by Dr. Tim Kitts regarding their teacher orientation program, and how they ensure their staff live up to the High Expectations/High Achievement the school has for employees. Read More

Spotlight: Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School

Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School is a public charter school opened in 2007. Founded by Pro Football Hall of Fame Bucs Linebacker Derrick Brooks and the Edward J. DeBartolo Family, the school has always been focused on the goal of providing a high quality collegiate educational program to its students. The school uses a variety of methods to customize their educational approaches to reach each individual student, and has experienced fantastic success, having gone from a "D" in its second year to five consecutive "A"s from the State of Florida. This presentation focused on this successful school and how the Principal, Ms. Kristine Bennett uses her strong organizational skills to plan the school. The talk was focused on what leaders can do to plan for the myriad of deadlines and requirements they need to focus on, while still allowing them to stay focused on the important task of the school's academic success. Read More

CSU Spotlight Presentation: Aug. 6 - Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School

Florida Charter Support Unit Supporting Florida's Charter Schools Free Professional Development Opportunity for Charter School ... Read More

Comprehensive 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 that will work well with the school in accordance with your charter application, charter contract and desires of the governing board. Read More

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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 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, 32 downloads) Sample Compensation Manual(137.0 KiB, 9... 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, 44 downloads) Renewal Toolkit(204.5 KiB, 25... 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 Recorded Webinar After viewing the presentation, please take a moment to take a brief surbey at bit.ly/flcsu Presentation Slides 2014-06-20 - 1415 FTE Recalibration 2014-06-20 - 1415 FTE Recalibration.pdf 189.3 KiB 15 Downloads Details Category:Webinar Handouts Date:December 16,... 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 Support Unit has compiled these statutes and rules into a Legal Handbook. The document can be printed and kept for easy reference. Bound Version This version is made if you are going to print the booklet and bind it together, and is 100-pages long. Individual pieces of papers may contain more than one law, so it is not easy to print updates to this version. PDF Version MS Word Version Binder Version This version has the same information, but each statute or rule starts on a separate page, making it easier to switch out individual pages when changes occur in the future. This version is 124-pages long. PDF Version Charter School Legal Handbook - Individualized(1.7 MiB, 14 downloads) MS Word Version Charter School Legal Handbook - Individualized(742.4 KiB, 16 downloads) Legal Handbook Contents The following list of material is available in the Legal Handbook. This manual will be updated when any of the following laws or administrative rules is updated, but the most up to date information is also available online, and each of the following has a hyper link to the state’s page. Charter School Specific Statutes Charter School Statutes • 1002.33 Florida Statutes High Performing Charter Schools • 1002.331 Florida Statutes High Performing Charter School Systems • 1002.332 Florida Statutes Charter Schools Capital Outlay Funding • 1013.62 Florida Statutes Charter School Exemption from Ad... 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 is designed so that Board members who may not have an extensive knowledge of the Florida Red Book can develop a budget that is in compliance with the requirements. Download The Tool Here The latest version of the is Version 3.0b and was posted on July 15, 2015. It incorporates the Revenue Estimator worksheet from the 2015-16 FEFP Conference Report. With Sample Data Empty Version of Template CSU Budget Template - 3.0b(2.9 MiB, 14 downloads) CSU Budget Template - 3.0be(2.8 MiB, 23 downloads) Webinar Presented on April 29 The recording below is a webinar presented on April 29 regarding what is new in version 1.15 of the Template Tool, and walks through how to use the template tool. Template Tool Support Introducing the Webinar Tool Webinar Tips for School Districts Tips for Schools Frequently Asked Questions About the Tool Information on past and what to look for in future updates Previous Versions Version 2.10 Version 2.10 Empty Version 2.0 Version 2.0 Empty Version 1.16 Version 1.16 Empty Version 1.15 Version 1.15 Empty Version 1.13 Version 1.12 Version 1.11 Version 1.10 Version 1.01 Version... 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 will be a continuous work in progress, as additional items are addressed by the Support Unit or questions arise from new schools, we will add to this document. If you have any additional items that you think would be good to include on this list, please email Curtis Fuller. (Click here to access the page... read more