ESSA went into full implementation last school-year. This year, districts are preparing for state monitoring visits regarding ESSA Compliance.

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

Update on the Public Charge Policy from Roger Rosenthal

By Dr. David Holbrook | February 26, 2020

On April 15, 2019, TransACT published a letter to help states and districts communicate about the federal Public Charge Policy Final Rule, and is currently in the process of making amendments and updates to the free public charge Information letter.

TransACT Communications, a leader in providing school districts and State Departments of Education with guidance and resources to support authentic family engagement in compliance with federal law, also provides resources for parent communication related to pertinent, urgent current events.  Our “Free Public Letters” are available to educators, regardless of their subscription status with TransACT® ParentNotices. 

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FY2020 Federal Education Budget Includes Increases for Multiple ESSA Programs

By Dr. David Holbrook | February 5, 2020

Just before the holidays, the US Congress passed, and Trump signed an appropriations bill into law that funds education for the 2020-2021 school year. The funding for education includes increases for many programs with a $1.3 Billion increase overall. School districts that receive Title I, Title III, or other federal education program funding will likely see an increase in per-pupil funding in the 20-21 school year. More information about funding levels for specific programs can be found in this Education Week article.

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Noteworthy Sessions at the 2020 National ESEA Conference

By Dr. David Holbrook | January 30, 2020

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 National Association of ESEA State Program Administrator's Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, February 4-7, 2020. 

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Using a Software Solution for Homeless Program Reporting Requirements

By Dr. David Holbrook | September 19, 2019

There are many challenges to working with students experiencing homelessness, particularly when it comes to the complex reporting requirements that, for example, vary between federal grants like the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act grants and ESSA Title I homeless student services. 

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Changes to School Improvement Under ESSA

By Dr. David Holbrook | September 16, 2019

The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) made some significant changes to how schools are identified as "in improvement."

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Webinar: Increases in Parent and Family Engagement Requirements

By Dr. David Holbrook | September 3, 2019

The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) shifted the responsibility for some requirements of federal mandates to be determined in ESSA States plans.  

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NAEHCY Announces Webinar for Homeless Liaisons

By Dr. David Holbrook | July 29, 2019

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) has announced that they will be hosting a webinar titled "10 Liaison Duties." The one-hour webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, July 31st at 11:00am CT (12:00 pm ET, 9:00am PT).

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Webinar - Funding Your TransACT Parent Notice Collection

By Dr. David Holbrook | June 12, 2019

This year, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) took full-effect, including the addition of monitoring visits by the federal government. It is imperative, not only to satisfy the legal requirements of ESSA, but also to fulfill the spirit behind the legislation: improving student outcomes for all learners.  

Your district can accomplish this by keeping the following items in mind:  

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Collaboration between programs serving ELs experiencing homelessness

By Dr. David Holbrook | May 21, 2019

 

On May 29th at 9 am PT / 12 pm ET, Dr. David Holbrook, Executive Director, Federal Compliance of TransACT Communications, will be hosting a webinar examining the benefits of coordinating between ESSA Title I / Title III and McKinney-Vento programs when serving ELs who may be experiencing homelessness.

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Trump Issues Memo Calling for Tougher Path for Asylum Seekers

By Dr. David Holbrook | May 7, 2019

On April 29, 2019, the White House issued a memo for the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security with the subject of "Additional Measures to Enhance Border Security and Restore Integrity of Our Immigration System." These regulations could make it more difficult for immigrants seeking asylum as they limit their ability to be self sustaining during the asylum application process.

Not only would these regulations impose fees for the asylum application and employment authorization application, but for those that entered illegally, it would also bar them from receiving employment authorization during the asylum process. Asylum seekers with school age children could potentially be negatively impacted by the changes outlined in these proposed regulations.

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