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Free professional development opportunities for charter school leaders offered through frequent Webinars or onsite meetings and presentations!

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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
October 5, 2017
  • Changes to Public Records Statutes Webinar
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: October 5, 2017 - 11:00 am
    Description:

    Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4041831517519070467
    Public Records Requests have been on the rise for charter schools,…

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

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

Firing an employee - Make sure you cross your "T"s and dot your "i"s

Charter Schools have the option to be a public or private employer. Florida is an at-will employment state. Many people believe that this means you can just terminate an employee when necessary. While this is true, terminating an employee does open the school up to potential lawsuits. Therefore it is important for schools to ensure they have policies in place to properly document and support employees prior to firing them. Join us for this presentation presented by Lindsay Oyewale of de Beaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal, LLP which will focus on the details of terminating an employee. Read More

Public Records Laws

Charter schools are subject to Florida’s Public Records Laws. Almost any document the school creates from financial reports, to emails to payroll reports are subject to public records requests. Join us for this presentation presented by Daniel Mantzaris of de Beaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal, LLP which will cover the definition of public records, how charter schools should respond to public records request, how records should be maintained and what the consequences of non-compliance could be. Read More

Upcoming Webinars

Featured Resources:

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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