School Operations Resource Center

Professional Services

 

The TCSA Vendor Member Gallery is a vendor referral system.  The Vendor Member Gallery 1) builds a community of vendors that support and cater to charter schools, and 2) compiles referral information on school resources in one place, saving valuable time for busy charter school operators.  With the exception of Preferred Vendor Members, TCSA does not endorse or recommend any particular vendor member to charter schools.  TCSA Vendor Members are listed by industry.   Visit their websites by clicking on their respective logos.  

TCSA continues its pursuit of innovative vendor members that provide quality services and products to charter schools. See the benefits of becoming a Vendor Member and join the charter community today!

Professional Services Vendor Members

Practically Perfect...WebSmart by JR3 was designed to provide Texas Charter Schools software tools required to operate in today's challenging education environment. From its inception of being a Web Based product with no hardware involvement, to its robust feature set that reduces clerical burden to its seamless TEA submissions, it's all there. WebSmart is simple to use, cutting edge software backed by 24/7 support from Texas School people familiar in all area of school operations. With WebSmart focus on the Charter environment, modification and customization are not only possible, they're inevitable. From WebSmart to iCap Digital Records Management JR3 is keeping pace with tomorrow's technology and today's Charter movement in Texas.
 
For more information, contact David Hankins at (254) 715-7616 or dhankins@jr3online.com

 

Gold Level Vendor Members

Attorneys Bob Schulman, Rick Lopez and Joe Hoffer established Schulman, Lopez & Hoffer, LLP, in 2011 after practicing together for many years with another prominent Texas education law firm.  We have over 75 years of experience serving Texas charter schools across the state of Texas. We are proud of our ability to provide our clients with responsive, service driven legal advice.  For more information about Schulman, Lopez & Hoffer, LLP, visit:
 

BB&T Capital Markets has an industry-leading education finance team that is dedicated to the charter school sector. Capabilities include tax-exempt and taxable bond debt, retail and institutional placements, private placements, bank placements, lines/letters of credit, construction loans and new market tax credits. With the resources of one of the nation's strongest financial institutions and a robust bond origination and distribution platform, we can serve the needs of this sector with focus and expert execution.

BB&T Capital Markets is a division of BB&T Securities, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. BB&T Securities, LLC, is a wholly owned nonbank subsidiary of BB&T Corporation. Securities and insurance products of annuities sold, offered, or recommended are not a deposit, not FDIC insured, not guaranteed by a bank, not guaranteed by any federal government agency and may lose value.

www.bbandtcm.com

 

Charter School Management Corporation is the largest provider of back office services to charter schools. Our dedicated staff supports over 150 charter schools throughout the country. The size and breadth of expertise that CSMC possesses allows our team to provide charter schools with a level of support much greater than what they often can provide on their own.  
 
CSMC is driven by the principle that charter school leaders should be able to spend more time and money focusing on educating students. Our staff expertise lies in key school operational areas such as:
- financial back office services
- charter school development
- student information systems
- compliance and grant reports
- human resources and payroll
 
Frost offers a full range of taxable/tax-exempt credit and leasing products, investment and brokerage services, insurance products, treasury management and investment banking services.
 
 
Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. ("Oppenheimer") is a leading investment bank and full-service investment firm. Our firm has a wealth of experience servicing charter schools across the country while our dedicated team of Texas-based charter school bankers is a leader in Texas charter school financings. We help our clients achieve their strategic objectives through our comprehensive investment banking services, in-depth charter school knowledge, debt structuring, trading expertise and strong distribution channels. Our Texas-based team helps work through local and state-wide relationships to educate charter schools, the Texas Education Agency and Legislators on the intricacies of facilities funding. Our focus is on the delivery of superior client service and establishment of long-term relationships.
 
Piper Jaffray is a national leader in charter school finance. We help our charter school clients achieve their objective - BEING THEIR OWN LANDLORD. Integral to our approach is that our focus is not simply the execution of the transaction at hand, but rather the delivery of continuing, superior client service and the establishment of enduring, long-term relationships. Let us help you with your financing needs.
 
Preferred Meals Company is a unique provider of a nutritious turn key breakfast and lunch meal program that offers nutritional meal planning, equipment, multiple food options, manufacturing, and distribution for your school system. Our company aims to simplify its customer food service operation through the expertise of foodservice professionals who can provide fully prepared, nutritious, individually packaged, portion controlled meals. Preferred Meals offers a comprehensive, cost-effective solution with a fixed price, attractive in these days of tightening budgets. Preferred Meals is always looking for ways to offer variety and choices in its menu to meet the expectations of children.

Stephen Hernandez
281-475-7200
16 Painted Sunset
The Woodlands, TX 77380 
TeacherBuilder.com is a privately owned web-based alternative certification program accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) of the State of Texas.  TeacherBuilder's program has been created by experienced public school teachers and administrators.  It allows students the flexibility of completing coursework towards teacher certification from the comfort of your home or office.  All you need is internet access.  For more information contact us at teacherbuilder@yahoo.com or call us toll free at 877-822-1144.
Walsh, Anderson, Gallegos, Green & Trevio, P.C. has provided legal services to school districts and related entities throughout Texas since 1983. With offices in Austin, Houston, Irving, San Antonio and the Valley, we can serve schools throughout the state with prompt, efficient and reliable representation. Our attorneys routinely provide training and services to charter schools and school districts in the areas of personnel, students, special education, facilities and business, and governance.
 

 

Vendor Members

Professional Educational Services.

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With nearly 20 Public Finance Lawyers, Andrews Kurth represents numerous Texas charter schools including serving as bond counsel for many innovative Texas charter school financings. Our lawyers have also served as Underwriter's Counsel and Bank Counsel for Texas charter school transactions for over 12 years. Andrews Kurth has been active in rendering bond opinions for governmental issuers and charitable organizations for over 25 years. We provide bond and disclosure counsel services for state agencies and local governments and underwriter counsel services for major national and regional investment banking firms throughout Texas and the Southwest. 

www.andrewskurth.com
Anslow Bryant is dedicated to providing our clients with a completed project constructed using best in class practices, employee safety. The desire to exceed our client's expectations is the core philosophy of Jim Anslow and James Bryant. Today, Anslow Bryant Construction is ranked Houston's 9th largest general contractor.  Together Jim and James bring over 70 years of construction experience and leadership to the built environment. SERVICES: Construction Manager at Risk, Design Build, Program Management, Construction Management, General Construction.
 
Benefits Design & Management is a multi-disciplined financial services firm with locations in Houston and Beaumont, Texas. Primary areas of focus include corporate employee benefits, key personnel life insurance planning, and voluntary employee benefits and management for Texas charter school clients.
Significant experience and expertise in education law, representing boards of numerous independent school districts, charter schools, community colleges, education foundations, and private and independent schools. Represent educational entities in state and federal courts, before Texas Commissioner of Education and state and federal agencies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Texas Commission on Human Rights, and U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Recognized for cost-effective strategies, provide clients experience finely tuned to the unique legal issues faced by educational entities.
 

Campus Real Estate is a full services real estate, development and investment firm that assists charter schools with their facilities solutions in all markets of the United States.
 
Capital One Bank is a Top 10 bank in the U.S. And, as one of the top commercial lenders in the marketplace today, we are committed to building long-term relationships with our customers. Capital One Bank also has more than 100 years of commercial banking experience. With this, you have access to the industry expertise and broad range of services you need to continue growing your business — from treasury management and commercial cards, to investment banking and trade finance, to escrow management and more.
 
 
Charter School Success serves to provide the services, training, and competencies to mobilize all available resources and raise every charter school business office to a MODEL status. 90% of all Charter closures are due to an underperforming Business Office, not underperforming students. Successful charter schools are made up of: Model Business Operations + Stellar Academics = Charter School Success. Want to be a MODEL Charter School Business Office? We provide services for the financial and accounting functions, as well as workshop and webinars on specific topics. We help new charters and existing charters. Check out the certification program (CSBOC) that guarantees to raise your charter school business office to a MODEL office.
 

Collaborate Architects is a sustainable design-oriented firm based in Texas. The practice experience encompasses a wide range of project types focusing on educational projects of various sizes and budgets. Common to our work on each project is a commitment to clear and open communication, collaboration at all levels of the project and a careful management of resources. We strive to demonstrate that innovative, creative and elegant design is achievable through the collaboration of the project team.

 

www.collaborate-llc.com

 

Consolidated Property Advisors is a Real Estate Consulting company focusing on assisting School Districts and Charter Schools in locating and acquiring school sites and facilities to meet the needs of the growing student bodies. With over forty years of experience in Real Estate Appraisal, Brokerage, and Consulting business, the principles have acquired over 150 sites for various school districts and charter schools.

These consulting services include market studies, purchase contract negotiations, and site evaluations and site selections. During the due-diligence period, CPA will coordinate phase I studies, determine availability of utilities (adequate water and sanitary sewer) and evaluate site drainage. Coordinate survey with title company and review title report; assist purchaser with closing.

www.cpadvisorltd.com

 

Commercial Real Estate Landlord. Charter School Buildings in Southwest Houston Texas.

GCSC is a full service Financial Advisory firm specializing in helping Charter Schools navigate the process of issuing debt for the construction of new facilities. We are experts at working through the credit rating process and choosing between public sale or private placement options.

Now more than ever it is important to have a Financial Advisor whose fiduciary responsibility is to your organization. Government Capital Securities Corporation and our experienced Financial Advisors are dedicated to fulfilling that role.

www.govcap.com

Grantsformation is an education grant writing, training, and consulting firm based in Texas and serving public and charter schools and districts across the US. We've won over $129 million since 2003.  Our super power is turning words into money, so let us do it for you today!   Outsourcing your grant writing tasks to us will be the best decision you ever made. You'll sleep better at night knowing a 20-year veteran educator is taking care of business while you get on with other things.  Cross grant writing OFF of your to-do list, and put it onto ours. 

Jan Mitchell Johnson, M.Ed.
jan@grantsformation.com
832.573.9324
Public finance practitioners at Haynes and Boone are experienced at working with charter schools and their financial advisers to obtain financing to meet each school's individual needs, using tax-exempt and tax credit bond structures as well as bank loans.  The firm not only provides guidance for debt financing, but also advises clients on other transactional matters, charter school compliance, real estate issues, environmental matters and potential litigation.  Haynes and Boone is one of the country's fastest growing law firms, with 520 attorneys in 11 offices and a strong commitment to serving the communities in which it is located.
 
 
McNeil Educational Foundation (also known as 21st Century Leadership Principal Preparation Program) believes that education and schooling are pivotal components of developing a productive citizenry in American society.  The enlightenment that comes from true Education and the orderly discipline of Schooling must help to produce the next generation of people as useful products equipped to advance our Democratic Republic.  Our focus is to actively engage leaders through the principal preparation process,  professional development and leadership trainings, as well as to engage the hearts and minds of educational leaders for the betterment of students and teachers relating to schools. 
 
 

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global legal practice providing the world's pre-eminent governmental institutions, corporations, and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 3800 lawyers based in over 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Norton Rose Fulbright is one of the few firms that has focused for years on public education. Its public finance lawyers have in-depth experience in debt issuances for open-enrollment charter schools. Significant experience includes, for example, dozens of debt issuances where the firm served as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, or underwriter's counsel for charter schools, including issuances in Texas and neighboring states.

www.nortonrosefulbright.com


Our public sector team has provided all types of tax-exempt organizations, such as Charter Schools, with audit, tax, and consulting solutions.

Tax-exempt organizations are facing increasing requirements for transparency to provide the public with a realistic picture of the organization and its operations. At Padgett Stratemann, our experienced staff has the ability to recognize and deliver tailored services - from small charitable organizations and educational institutions to large foundations. We have a thorough understanding of non-profit accounting, tax, and regulatory reporting requirements. With the knowledge and experience to meet the needs of tax-exempt organizations, Padgett Stratemann can help you meet intricate requirements and stay abreast of changes that may impact you.
 

Rogers, Morris & Grover is a law firm with a vast wealth of experience representing public school districts, community colleges, private school charter schools and other educational institutions. The Firm's lawyers have decades of experience in litigation, and in counseling clients in virtually every area of school law such as employment litigation, school board governance, civil rights claims, special education, student discipline, business and finance, construction, real estate, procurement, and public information.

www.rmgllp.com

 

Encourage Communication. Inspire Achievement. SchoolReach is the leading mass communication provider to Texas charter schools, empowering charter leaders to instantly reach groups of parents via voice, email, and text messaging. Charter leaders extend the power of SchoolReach beyond emergencies to increase student attendance, increase parental involvement and reduce expenses. Mobile apps truly put your community in the palm of your hands. Check out our latest product, the CyberBully Hotline. The CyberBully Hotline allows students to begin a 2-way anonymous texting conversation with school administrators where they can safely report bullying, drug and alcohol use, weapons on campus, threats of violence, sexting, suicidal thoughts, and domestic violence. Learn more at www.cyberbullyhotline.com.
 
Specialized Public Finance Inc. ("SPFI") was formed on November 6, 2008 in response to unprecedented events in the global credit markets.  SPFI's founding partners recognized a need in the municipal market for an independent firm dedicated exclusively to providing financial advisory services to select governmental entities. Combined, the firm's advisors have over 100 years of public finance experience. SPFI is dedicated to the principle of conservative, client-appropriate advice.
 
With more than 100 years of experience, Ziegler is a recognized leader in the educational sector throughout the U.S. We continue that tradition with our dedicated services to the charter school market nationally. Ziegler provides creative, tailored financial solutions that are just right for your organization. Ziegler is one of the few financial services firms in the country that has a dedicated team of charter school finance professionals. We can offer unbiased advice and a full menu of financial solutions to help you advance your mission.
 
 

 

For more information, please contact Brian Levy at blevy@txcharterschools.org or call 512.584.8272.