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Dr. David Holbrook

Dr. David Holbrook is a nationally recognized leader in federal programs administration and monitoring with expertise in Title I, Title III, Native American Education, and Federal Programs. Dr. Holbrook has also worked as a consultant with Title III of the US Department of Education and now serves as Executive Director, Federal Compliance and State Relationships with TransACT Communications.

Recent Posts

Pandemic Disruptions to Indian Education and Indian Health Care Concerns and Solutions

By Dr. David Holbrook | May 19, 2021

By David Holbrook, Keja Whiteman, with contributions from Jenn Runs Close To Lodge 

As part of our commitment to provide school district administrators with resources and guidance on federal program compliance and administration, we regularly publish blogs featuring guest writers. We are honored to feature a co-written article between TransACT Executive Director of Federal Programs and State Relationships, Dr. Holbrook, and his colleague Keja Nokomis Whiteman of KW Consultants LLC, with contributions from middle school educator Jenn Runs Close To Lodge. 

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Significant Changes to Tennessee State Regulations Regarding English Learners

By Dr. David Holbrook | April 30, 2021

The Tennessee Rules of the State Board of Education, Chapter 0520-01-19 English as a Second Language Programs outlines significant state-level requirements related to English Learner students (ELs).

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$20 Billion Increase for ESSA Title I in Biden Administration’s FY2022 Proposed Budget

By Dr. David Holbrook | April 9, 2021

Every year, in order to inform the U.S. Congress of the presidential administration’s priorities, the White House releases a proposed budget for the next fiscal year (FY). The U.S. Congress is the legislative body that creates the federal law that designates the amount of funding available for the federal government and can confirm or ignore the White House’s proposed budget.

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USED Announces Waivers for Accountability and Flexibilities for Assessments for the 2020-2021 School Year

By Dr. David Holbrook | March 1, 2021

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) has sent out a letter to Chief State School Officers (state education leaders) with information related to the 2020-2021 school year concerning the following issues:

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Biden Orders Review of Changes to Public Charge Regulations

By Dr. David Holbrook | February 18, 2021

On February 2, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order requiring government agencies to conduct an immediate review of changes made to the Public Charge rules made by the previous administration.

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Resource for English Learner Programs in Response to the Pandemic: USED Releases Pandemic Related English Learner Fact Sheet Addendum

By Dr. David Holbrook | February 17, 2021

Educators experienced profound changes, especially related to proper support of English Learners, as schools moved to distance learning. Many educators were left unsure of what was expected of them in terms of conducting English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessments and meeting compliance requirements. 

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2021 National ESEA Conference: Recommended Sessions to Attend

By Dr. David Holbrook | February 8, 2021

TransACT’s Parent Notices team looks forward to the National ESEA Conference every year. It gives us the opportunity to meet with and learn more about our current customers as well as stay up to date on the topics that are at the forefront for educators working in ESEA (ESSA) programs across the country. We’ve poured over the schedule and wanted to provide you with some presentations that we think would be worth checking out at the virtual National Association of ESEA State Program Administrator's Conference, February 8-11, 2021.  

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How Districts and States Can Spend the Funds From the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)

By Dr. David Holbrook | January 21, 2021

In December 2020, the U.S. Congress passed a funding bill that included the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), which included over $54.3 billion for K-12 education. This is approximately four times the funding provided to K-12 by the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act.

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Free COVID-19 Letter Template for School Districts

By Dr. David Holbrook | January 7, 2021

TransACT ParentNotices published a free resource to support school districts in keeping our communities informed, healthy, and safe on September 1st, 2020. As the holiday season often includes travel, we want to highlight the complimentary COVID-19 letter template for state and local education agencies, schools, and out-of-school-time programs. 

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Can Title III Funds Be Used To Pay Educator Salaries?

By Dr. David Holbrook | November 23, 2020

Title III of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes a fiscal restriction called ‘Supplement not Supplant’ that includes federal, state, and local funds and laws. This means that if there is a federal, state, or local law that requires EL related programs, services, activities, or expenditures, then Title III funds cannot be used to pay for the things required by other laws. 

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