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Let us help save you time on the “business” side of your school, so that you can focus on the academics. We can review documents, visit your site to offer suggestions and more!
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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

Nothing from August 18, 2018 to September 7, 2018.

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

Roadmap for Successful Technology Implementation in New & Growing Schools

Having a well-defined IT roadmap is critical to ensuring your charter schools are using technology strategically. Technology is evolving daily and charter schools must innovate in order to stay ahead of the curve in the classroom. When charter schools technology infrastructure begins to lag, it can hinder the learning environment. Defining an IT roadmap helps charter schools create scalable, secure and future-ready IT environments able to meet the demands of the changing technology landscape. This webinar will give participants the ability to address key areas of IT environments that could be better managed and supported with a unified, well-defined IT roadmap. The webinar will be presented by Michael Hendrick from mindSHIFT, and will review the stages of implementing an IT roadmap and give them the tools to start looking at their current IT infrastructure and make adjustments as needed. Read More

12 Facility Planning Mistakes.... That You Won't Make

Undertaking a facility development, acquisition, or construction project for your permanent school home is a BIG deal. This informative webinar will show you the 12 most common, fixable - but often devastating - mistakes charter school founders, board, and leaders make in their facility planning. Participants will leave with the practical, project-saving tools and insight to avoid these mistakes. This webinar will be presented by Ms. Melissa Provost the Manager of Business Development and Patrick Beausoleil the Vice President of Business Development for Highmark School Development. Read More

Charter School Law Highlights for Board Members and School Leaders

The Charter School statute (1002.33) is over 17,000 words long and includes many requirements for charter schools and their sponsors. What are the essential pieces governing board members should be focused on? Join us for this informative webinar where we will quickly run through the primary laws that the governing board members of currently operating schools should be aware of to ensure their schools are in compliance. Kathleen Schoenberg, an attorney who works with charter schools throughout Florida and who provides the state-mandated governance training for board members, will be presenting this informative webinar. Read More

Understanding Your Required Financial Documents

Accounting and financial reporting for charter schools are complicated and often counter-intuitive. This webinar will focus on how to understand the basics of these financial reports. This presentation will be particularly beneficial for Governing Board members and new administrators who are unfamiliar with the accounting systems typically used by charter schools. The webinar will review the revenue estimating workbook, what should be in the annual budget, how to examine financial reports and what to expect with year-end financial reporting and audits. The webinar will be presented by Bill Hunter and Christy Simmons, partners with Hunter and Simmons, CPAs. 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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