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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
February 24, 2016
  • CSU Webinar: Preparing for and running student lotteries
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: February 24, 2016 - 11:00 am
    Description:

    Charter Schools are required to ensure that all applicants shall have an equal chance of being admitted through a…

February 25, 2016
  • CSU Webinar: How a lender looks at a charter school
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: February 25, 2016 - 11:00 am
    Description:

    Parents entrust their children’s education to you… and many charters face difficulty with building their dream facility. In…

March 3, 2016
  • CSU Webinar: Assistive Technology
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: March 3, 2016 - 11:00 am
    Description:

    One of the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Act is ensuring students have the services and equipment that…

Recently Added Resources

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

Job Description: Reading Coach

Job Description for the school's reading coach. Read More

Money Receipt Log

This is a sample form a school could implement to record money coming into the school. Read More

Field Trip Information for Chaperones

This form is a sample form a school could implement to provide essential information to chaperons for a field trip. We recommend that all chaperons be given information with essential phone numbers, students, and any other relevant emergency information. Read More

Field Trip Cost Calculator

This document is a calculator that a school could use to allow staff to quickly calculate the cost that should be passed along to students for field trips. This calculator was implemented at a school where the school was having issues not collecting enough money to cover the costs of a fields trip. While a PDF version is provided below, there is no functionality, we recommend you download the Excel version of the document below. Read More

Field Trip Authorization Form

This form is a sample form a school could adopt for teachers to request permission to plan a field trip from the school's administration. 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

Summary of 1012.31 - Personnel Files

According to Florida Statute (1012.31), the personnel files for public school employees are eligible for public inspection, and certain requirements exist for the process to add additional information into the employee record.  This document provides a summary of 1012.31 and what pieces of a personnel files are exempt from public records requests. 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. Read More

School Spotlight: River City Science Academy

River City Science Academy is a public charter school that opened in 2007 with the focus on providing best-in-class STEM education to students in Duval County. The school is committed to graduating every student college ready through the variety of educational programs they offer at the school. The school’s mission is “To instill a love for learning in a structured and nurturing environment through engaging and stimulating learning opportunities.” Join us for a presentation by Principal Ozan Sipahioglu who will walk through how the school builds the nurturing environment at the school, and some of the tools the school uses to help staff stay connected to each, students and parents. Read More

Charter School & EMO Ethics: Not Just Do's and Don'ts

Charter school boards are subject to public ethics laws.  In general, charter school management companies are not.  Both must comply with state employment, whistleblower, deceptive trade practice, and false claims act laws.  This session examines the public ethics obligations of charter school boards, the intersection of state statutory regulations with them, and best practices for management companies.  Best practices derive from state and federal regulatory regimes, as well as warranties and representations required by most banks and other financial institutions which finance school real estate and improvements. This webinar, presented by Mr. Nathan Adams of Holland & Knight LLP will be especially helpful for board members and administrators. Read More

Getting Started on the Road To Accreditation

School accreditation is designed to help educational institutions boost their ongoing performance efforts as they challenge and inspire their students and the communities they serve. This presentation will inform attendees about the accreditation process and protocols. Attendees will be given an opportunity to interact with the standards. The presentation will explain how to begin the accreditation process, arrange for a Readiness Visit and what is needed for a successful External Review Visit. Read More

Behavioral Data To Support MTSS

Charter Schools are always concerned about supporting students and ensuring they are learning effectively. One of the important concepts of Florida Education is the idea of a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) to help students succeed. In order for MTSS programs to be effective informative and efficient data systems must be in place to monitor student success. Behavioral data can be particularly useful for identifying meaningful strategies to proactively support positive and productive student behaviors. This webinar will provide strategies for collecting, reporting, and applying behavioral data at Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3. Read More

Upcoming Webinars

Featured Resources:

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:November 11,... 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:December 3,... 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. The documents below were updated in October, 2015. Bound Version This version is made if you are going to print the booklet and bind it together, and is 96-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 2015 Charter School Legal Handbook - Combined(1.0 MiB) MS Word Version 2015 Charter School Legal Handbook - Combined(762.7 KiB) 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 126-pages long. PDF Version 2015 Charter School Legal Handbook - Individualized(1.0 MiB) MS Word Version 2015 Charter School Legal Handbook - Individualized(763.5 KiB) 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... 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) CSU Budget Template - 3.0be(2.8 MiB) 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