Sponsors

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools works with companies, individuals, and organizations throughout the Keystone State to provide services and information to charter schools. These partnerships are an important part of the services that PCPCS offers to members.

Each year, PCPCS solicits contributions from sponsors to help underwrite the important work that we’re doing to advocate for charter schools, leaders, parents, and students. Please take a moment to learn more about the 2017-2018 Sponsors for the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools.

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Gold Sponsors

Representing a network of more than 7,000 financial professionals located across the US, AXA Advisors, LLC serves customers through an expansive array of financial products and services. Through these products and services AXA Advisors’ clients benefit from the capabilities and experience of the leading financial companies. An AXA Advisors financial professional is the gateway to retirement planning, estate planning and other services that can help you every step of the way.  AXA Advisors offer the highest level of planning services and products available. We help you identify and prioritize your goals, offer strategic advice specific to your needs, and implementation strategies that work best for you.

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Charter Choices is the leader in providing business services in Pennsylvania.  The founders of Charter Choices have been working with charter schools in the Commonwealth since 1997 and have dedicated their careers to charter schools.  Our first client was chartered in 1997 and continues to be a client. We currently provide business services to over 40 charter schools in Pennsylvania.

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Conrad O’Brien advises charter school administrators and charter school boards regarding operational issues related to federal, state and administrative code compliance, student discipline, special education compliance and litigation, employment and contractual issues, as well as planning and oversight of internal investigations. The firm has represented charter schools successfully in multiple cases before the Pennsylvania Supreme and Commonwealth Courts.Conrad O’Brien P.C. is a full-service law firm, representing and advising charter schools, private schools, early education providers, and higher education institutions.

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Equinox is the premier employee benefits consultant in eastern Pennsylvania. As a company built on integrity and client service, we recognize the importance to our clients of handling all issues promptly and professionally.   We maintain a constant interaction with our clients and are a strong partner through our diverse experience in the Healthcare Industry. The Equinox mantra of high quality service, confidentiality and integrity is the foundation of our company and supported by all employees of the company.  Equinox has been named one of the Lehigh Valley’s fastest growing companies year over year and has become the regions premier brokerage firm with our forward-thinking ideas and team approach.

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KCBA Architects have provided services for over 250 school projects in Pennsylvania ranging from modest building upgrades to the planning, design, and construction administration of complete new K-12 campuses. Recent clients include Tacony Academy Charter School, Christopher Columbus Charter School, Renaissance Academy Charter School, and Chester Charter School for the Arts.KCBA is a full service architectural and interior design firm that specializes in educational facility planning and design. Founded in 1972 and with offices in Hatfield and Harrisburg.

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Lakeside Leadership Services provides educational consulting to new and established charter schools. With over a decade of substantial experience in charter school administration, Lakeside’s consultants have experience in the areas of leadership development, human resources, curriculum, instruction, and assessment, special education, and collaborative planning processes.  Our consultants are Pennsylvania certified educators, which also enables us to also offer temporary administrative coverage. If you are a charter school founder in need of help with your initial charter application, a Principal interested in leadership development, a charter school CEO looking to implement a new curriculum initiative, or a Board member investigating a short-term school leadership need Lakeside can help.

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Lamb Insurance Services is a specialty insurance brokerage and risk management firm. We provide Property & Casualty, Workers Compensation insurance and Employee Benefits solutions. We are exclusively dedicated to Non-Profit, Human Service and Education related organizations.  We understand the unique needs of charter schools and address these areas in an educational manner so that you understand every step of the process. We have partnered with exclusive insurance markets that have education programs and can reduce costs, broaden coverage and provide service by acting as an outsourced risk management firm.

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Latsha Davis & McKenna, P.C. has been proudly serving the educational community for over 20 years, furnishing a broad spectrum of legal services statewide to charter and cyber charter schools and the PCPCS. We appreciate that educational leaders establish their schools because they have a vision and quality representation allows clients to focus on motivating students to achieve excellence. Our attorneys are experienced in: Charter School Law, Education Law, Special Education Law, School Safety, Policy Development, Board Training, Litigation, Insurance Defense, Labor and Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation, Corporate Law, Open Records & Meetings Laws and Nonprofit Organizations.

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There’s more to running a great operation than serving delicious food. Lintons is known for its excellent customer service and innovative solutions — whether starting a food service program or enhancing your current program. While remaining flexible and accommodating, our main goal is to meet the specific needs of each and every client. We understand how to make a difference, and our team approach to providing superior personalized service is recognized nationally.

  • Our Mission: To present personalized food service programs which benefit our clients, customers, associates, and the communities we serve.
  • Our Vision: To enhance and expand our outstanding service ethic established at the founding of Lintons in 1890.
  • Our Services: Food Service Management, Food Service Delivery, Clinical Nutrition Management, Environmental Services

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L.R. Webber Associates, Inc. provides reliable, efficient and competitive employee benefits programs to assist organizations with design, implementation, enrollment, and servicing. Our services provide employee claims and coverage support while reducing HR administration and cost burdens. We offer discounts on Employee Benefit Services which include: benefits review advisory services, education services, vendor negotiations, benefits plan support compliance, and benefits plan outsourcing; and our Retirement Benefits Plan Services, which include: plan administration and record keeping, 401(k) 403 (b) plans, employee education/enrollment, plan documentation/communication, fiduciary investment reviews, and vendor analysis and benchmarking.

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The MacMain Law Group’s Education Law Practice, led by Brian Leinhauser, a former school teacher, is experienced in representing charter schools and helping them navigate the multitude of issues facing educational institutions and their leaders such as special education, employment contracts and negotiations, student safety and discipline, lease and contract negotiations, charter acquisition, renewal and defense and compliance issues.  We serve as general counsel and litigation counsel to a variety of schools, and advise school officials on a daily basis on questions that arise including compliance with state and federal law, student disciplinary issues, real estate matters, employment issues, IDEA and special education issues, Title IX defense and investigations, review of employment practices and other operational matters.  We are retained by both prospective and long-established charter schools throughout Pennsylvania for full representation and ongoing counsel, as well as unique single issues that arise.

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Founded in 2001, Metcalfe Architecture & Design, a Philadelphia firm of sixteen architecture, exhibit, and graphic design professionals, works with schools, museums, and non-profit clients. We have unusual skill at creating moments of informal education, designing nature play at Abington Friends Schools, SCH’s ViDCAST media lab and an “Eco-Village” at Camp JRF.  We can help you create a charter school that reflects your unique vision of learning.  Metcalfe has designed many school projects in the Delaware Valley; including major renovations and new construction at Mastery Charter’s Gillespie Campus, SCH Academy’s Lower School, Southwest Leadership Academy Charter, Wissahickon Charter School, the Community Partnership School, Greene Street Friends and master planning for the School District of Philadelphia.

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Mohawk Contracting and Development is a general contracting and construction management firm based out of Allentown. Mohawk provides a wide range of construction services ranging from Design to Project Closeout.  Excelling at all facets of construction from new buildings to renovations with the ability to self-perform large portions of the project.   Currently Mohawk is building a new 16,000 SF gymnasium facility for the Executive Education Academy Charter School, allowing the school to offer a wide variety of sports to their students that they could not offer previously.

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PNC has a dedicated charter school financing group headquartered in Philadelphia with extensive experience working with charter schools to finance facilities. The PNC Charter School Team includes both Investment Bankers from PNC Capital Markets LLC and Corporate Banking Relationship Managers from PNC Bank, N.A. Collectively, PNC has provided over $500 million in charter school financing. PNC has recently dedicated resources specifically to launch a Charter School Facilities Loan Fund to deploy up to $250 million in capital to finance charter schools.  This loan fund will be used to provide interim facilities funding for high performing charter schools with the end goal of assisting schools to access long term fixed rate financing in the capital markets at optimal timing for the borrower. Additionally, the PNC further support the needs of charter schools by providing service capabilities including: Treasury Management, New Markets Tax Credit Group and Community Development Banking.

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Trident Risk Advisors is a full-service Property & Casualty insurance brokerage firm.  Trident offers a highly technical and consultative approach to the Insurance and Risk Management process, specializing in difficult to place risks with emphasis on providing world-class service to their clients.  Trident offers account management, claims assistance and technical support with the mission to delivering those services with character, integrity and without compromise to their core values. Trident evaluates risk and exposure data and develops specific action plans and timelines to deliver exceptional technical expertise and solutions.  Trident has been directly involved with providing property and casualty insurance and developing risk management solutions to educational institutions throughout their history.

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Bronze Sponsors

Alliant Insurance Services one of the nation’s largest and most respected insurance brokers,  has developed their Charter Schools Insurance Program to meet the insurance and risk management needs of America’s diverse community of charter schools.  As the fastest-growing sector of public education in the United States, charter schools require a cutting-edge approach to insurance that shares their commitment to flexibility, innovation, and independence. Your school was founded on the power of choice; the belief that American families deserve am/n independent alternative to the status quo. You are a vital link between innovation and education and a strong voice for a better future. Alliant Insurance Services will protect your school and safeguard its independence.

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Save time & money with Hertz Furniture. We’re proud to provide PA charter schools with the best negotiated contract pricing available from KPN, PA DGS/Costars and others, on thousands of products from over 250 manufacturers. Hertz Furniture has the innovative furniture and layouts to match your teaching style, curriculum, and budget for every room in your school, all with complimentary Interior Design and Lifetime Warranty. Small orders or large turnkey projects, our most important contribution to your buying experience is our expertise. When you buy from Hertz Furniture, you benefit from our 50+ years of experience that make us The Charter School Experts. We’ve helped many PA charter schools design and furnish outstanding classrooms, labs, media centers, commons areas, offices, and more.

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Humanus is an academic and related therapy service provider. We proudly serve charter and cyber schools throughout the nation. We are devoted to making a difference and improving the lives of others. We work collectively to become the liaison between our academic partners’ students and our network of professionals – We help professionals find positions that will allow them to do what they love. We provide our partners with solutions and support. And most importantly, we improve the lives of our students by giving them the love and care that they deserve. Some of the areas we provide staffing support include Teachers, Speech/OT/PT, School Nurses and Paraprofessionals.

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Interstate Tax Service, Inc., is the oldest and most reliable UC consulting service available to Pennsylvania employers.  Founded in 1943, we have always been a family owned and operated firm with a reputation for providing personalized services to our clients.  We currently represent over 510 public educational institutions. Because we work almost exclusive in Pennsylvania, we are able to effectively concentrate on the legalities of the Pennsylvania UC system and recommend policy revisions which best suit your needs and lower your UC costs. We have been an active member of PSBA, PASBO and PASPA.  We’re delighted to add PA Coalition of Public Charter Schools to our growing family of clients in the educational field.  Contact us and let us show you service that is unmatched in the industry.

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NWEA® is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency—and provide insights to help tailor instruction. For 40 years, NWEA has developed pre-K–12 assessments and professional learning offerings to help advance all students along their optimal learning paths. Our tools are trusted by educators in more than 1,300 charter schools across the U.S. to identify what students know and what they are ready to learn next.

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No matter what your business, payroll and payroll taxes are a necessary evil. It’s tedious and time-consuming and interspersed with legislative requirements. As experienced payroll professionals, PayUSA can deal with these details so you can focus on your core business.  From meeting your basic payroll requirements to customizing management reports, offering software solutions and/or tax pay and file services, we can do it all or only the portion you choose to delegate.

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UC Solutions Group specializes in unemployment compensation for Charter Schools and Nonprofit Organizations. We provide custom programs for our clients to help them manage and finance their unemployment liabilities. Whether you are paying the UC tax quarterly or reimbursing claims directly to the state, UC Solutions has a program that can make an impact to your organization on day one. On average, our clients see a savings of 30% in the first year alone.

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At Vulnerability Solutions Group, we utilize a unique blend of risk & vulnerability assessments, security and protection solutions, software design/development, and process improvement creativity to meet your specific needs. Our services include Charter School Risk & Vulnerability Assessments; EDJIT (Education Just in Time) mobile and desktop emergency protocol training customized to your school building and/or campus; Charter School safety & security planning and policy development & review; Analysis of crime prevention policies; and All Hazards plan reviews. Our on-site security assessments are conducted by an ASIS certified Physical Security Professional (PSP) with extensive experience gained as a member of the first state police-based risk and vulnerability assessment team in the country. We have conducted over 120 school assessments throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. VSG’s security assessments achieve the proper balance between security and educational environment, while creating a comprehensive security profile.

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