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"Welcome back to the reason you became an educator!"

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Current Employee - Curriculum Specialist in Bradenton, FL
Current Employee - Curriculum Specialist in Bradenton, FL
Recommends
Positive Outlook

I have been working at Charter Schools USA full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Corporate support, strong student-centered, research-based educational model, growth and goal minded

Cons

Lack of financial resources via state funding; lack of parental involvement

Other Employee Reviews for Charter Schools USA

  1. Helpful (8)

    "CSUSA is hiring. Of course they are! The average tenure is 2-5 years!"

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    Former Contractor - Elementary Teacher in Plantation, FL
    Former Contractor - Elementary Teacher in Plantation, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Charter Schools USA as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Wonderful co-workers (CSUSA has brainwashed the best of us)
    -They will hire you without any certification!!! They love to hire teachers w/out experience and just a DOE, so they can mold them.
    -Experience-Wow, you will be ready to run the country after a year in this school. Can you teach without curriculum and then get scrutinized every time you are at the copy machine? Can you multi-task? You don't know the definition of multi-task until you work for CSUSA. You think you do...but you have no idea
    -Parental Involvement (If you want parents in your class to assist and you create a great environment for them, they will be willing to.)
    -Opportunities- (You can climb the career ladder quite easily, if you are willing to run a classroom and have another full time position on the side as well.)
    -Fun-It's like you are constantly watching reality TV, but not so much fun when you are feeling like someone is always watching you!

    Cons

    _$$$ This company is a business. It is not a school. It does not care about you, hence your joke of a salary and it does not follow any rules set from the county, so hope you don't mind a class of 29 students....some of the most current ones recently being expelled from neighborhood public schools.)
    -Constant revolving door (This school year from August-July, there was a total turnover of 47 people.... yes!)
    -Long hours. There is absolutely no way you can do your job during your scheduled hours. Remember you don't have book for your students, nor does anyone make copies for you, so expect some long days... the amount of extra work you are given adds up. I'd say most employees that weren't kissing administrations bottoms put in about 60 hours most weeks. Do the math on that awesome salary now...
    -Administration- The first year administration was brilliant, the second year, they could not be bothered to help anyone, let alone say hello to their employees as they crossed paths. Sad, sad thing!
    -NO curriculum
    -TEST, TEST, TEST, TEST. Let's get these kids ready for FCAT by giving them a standardized test every quarter as well as others...
    -ESE/IEP?-What's that? The student needs to be in a public school with a PA, and you have flagged the student since week one, but that child equals $$$ so you will have the child in your class all year long, and even though he/she scores way below the rest of your class, you will still get reprimanded for it.
    -There is minimal support for ESE students. Just as there is minimal support for you as a teacher.
    -Backstabbing-Everyone is so scared to lose their job, everyone talks about everyone, and you don't know who is sincere. People talk to you and question you, and you don't know if you should carry on a conversation or pretend your husband is calling you on your cell phone!--- Unfortunately being in that environment does it to everyone, it's sort of a CYA mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes. People don't reach out to corporate because they want their job back at a troubled school, they are trying to tell you to open your eyes and realize what is going on. Yes, the money may be coming in, but that's really not the most important thing. You had an amazing school with an amazing staff that was turned upside down. When numerous employees called HR and higher, you solved the problem by granting transfers... that's not solving the problem! You have a terrible person running a school, who has run amazing employees away from the school...You got the 17 employee satisfaction surveys, read them. Notice there are 50+ employees and only 17 bothered answering the survey, because everyone was so checked out! Conduct employee interviews when people leave! There is a very big problem at one of your schools, and it needs to be solved. When all the great teachers leave, so do the parents, and good luck making your "numbers" when that happens. Stop the unethical behaviors going on right here in your backyard, Mr. Floridian of the year!!


  2. "Great Mission"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Charter Schools USA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Advancement opportunities, several locations across the country, great mission and company values

    Cons

    Constant classroom observations that often become an interruption, lower than average salary

    Advice to Management

    You need a direct line of communication from corporate to front line teachers. New school leadership should come from those already accustomed to the culture and expectations of the company so that a uniformed culture will be evident in all schools.


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