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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
CSU Webinar: Due Process for Exceptional Student Education
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: January 29, 2015 - 11:00 am
Description: Register now: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/908890767
Due Process for Exceptional Student Education - One of the most common legal areas charter schools run
CSU Webinar: ESE Implementation: School and District Collaboration
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: February 5, 2015 - 11:00 am
Description: Register now: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/587310367
ESE Implementation: School and District Collaboration - A collaborative relationship between charter school and district is key
CSU Webinar: Governing Board Resources Presentation
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: February 12, 2015 - 11:00 am
Description: Regsister At: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/587310367
A collaborative relationship between charter school and district is key to ensuring quality services for exceptional students.

Recently Added Resources

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

Student Disciplinary Form

This sample form can be used by schools to document student consequences and disciplinary issues. Read More

Field Trip Permission Form

This sample form can be used to get parental permission before students go on an off-campus field trip. Read More

Room Inventory List

This sample form can be used for teachers to complete an inventory listing of the materials contained within their room. This is most often done at either the very start or very end of the school year. Read More

Equipment Responsibility Form

This is a sample form the school may wish to use when issuing expensive equipment to individual staff members, such as a laptop computer, to ensure employees understand the responsibility for caring for such equipment. 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

Florida Charter School Evaluation Site

This webinar provided an overview of the Florida Charter School Evaluation Site. The training site is intended to sustain the onsite teacher and principal evaluation training funded by the Department of Education and delivered by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/The Leadership and Learning Center throughout 2013. The resources provided on the site will help users understand and implement teacher and principal evaluation systems that meet the Florida statutory requirements. During this webinar, a team member from HMH walked attendees through the resources available on the website and how to easily access information to support evaluation plan development, refinement, or delivery of professional development on research-based teaching and leadership best practices. Read More

Florida's Single Sign On

The Department of Education has many resources and services available. In order to simplify logging into these multiple services, the state has developed the “Single Sign-On” (SSO) Portal. This SSO allows one username and password to access numerous resources available. This presentation will discuss the SSO and how to utilize it as a charter school. The webinar will be presented by Andrea Latham, from the FDOE’s Single Sign On Office. Read More

School Safety

The presentation focused on the connection between educational success for students and the school safety climate. The presenter focused on emergency planning and the types of plans schools should have in place to address potential crisis situations. The webinar also focused on providing attendees information on best practices as they relate to providing a safe and secure learning environment. The presenter was Curtis S. Lavarello, the Executive Director of the School Safety Advocacy Council. Read More

Effective Board Meetings & Members

This webinar will discussed the three “R’s” – recruiting, running and retaining the right mix of people on your charter school board of directors. This presentation focused on ideas for filling vacant board seats and share tips for organizing your board to help retain quality board members. We also discussed the steps necessary to holding a well-organized, productive board meeting. The webinar was presented by Kathleen Schoenberg, an attorney focusing on charter school operations and an approved Florida governance trainer and Marjorie Waldo, the Principal of Franklin Academy in Boynton Beach. 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