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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

Tribal Consultation Notifications Added to ESSA ParentNotices Collection

By Dr. David Holbrook | May 26, 2022

TransACT is adding three notifications to the ESSA ParentNotices Collection to help districts document the requirements found in ESSA, Section 8538, “Consultation with Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations.”

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At-Risk Students Targeted in ESSER Funding

By Dr. David Holbrook | April 19, 2022

What Is ESSER Funding?

ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding is the portion of funding from the three COVID-19 relief laws designated to help address educational issues arising from the pandemic. There are three Coronavirus relief bills passed by the U.S. Congress that provided significant funding for K-12 education, totaling over $190 billion.  

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ESSER Funds are One-Time Funds: Why is This Important?

By Dr. David Holbrook | April 15, 2022

Background

In March of 2021, the U.S Congress passed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, providing an additional $122 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding. This funding, coupled with the CARES Act (passed March 2020) and CRRSA Act (passed December 2020) ESSER funds brings the total ESSER funding to about $190 billion to help education agencies at the state and local level address the educational impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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ESSER Funding Provides Billions of Needed Dollars

By Dr. David Holbrook | April 13, 2022

The question has been asked, “Is Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding enough?” The answer is likely yes. It is a lot of money!  

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ESSER Funding Restrictions

By Dr. David Holbrook | April 8, 2022

Background

In March of 2021, the U.S Congress passed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, providing an additional $122 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding. This funding, coupled with the CARES Act (Passed March 2020) and CRRSA Act (Passed December 2020) ESSER funds brings the total ESSER funding to $190 billion to help education agencies at the state and local level address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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What's the Hold-Up with ESSER Funds?

By Dr. David Holbrook | April 5, 2022

Background

In March of 2021, the U.S Congress passed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, providing an additional 122 billion dollars in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding. This funding, coupled with the CARES Act (passed March 2020) and CRRSA Act (passed December 2020) ESSER funds brings the total ESSER funding to about 190 billion dollars, which has been designated to help education agencies at the state and local level address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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What is ESSER Funding?

By Dr. David Holbrook | April 1, 2022

ESSER Funding Explained

ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding is the portion of funding in the three COVID-19 relief laws designated to help address educational issues arising from the pandemic. There are three Coronavirus relief bills passed by the U.S. Congress that provided significant funding for K-12 education.

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Allowable Uses of COVID Relief: Technology and Construction

By Dr. David Holbrook | March 25, 2022

States, school districts, and schools have significant flexibility in spending federal COVID relief funds announced last spring.   

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On-Demand Webinar: Using ESSER Funds to Support Dual Language Programs

By Dr. David Holbrook | March 24, 2022

Pandemic-related learning gaps are still causing issues in K12 education as students try to make up for lost time due to the pandemic and school closures. These gaps are even more significant for Multilingual Learner students.   

Congress has passed three bills that provide $190 billion for K-12 education called Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding, explicitly meant to help education recover from the pandemic.   

In an on-demand webinar, TransACT Parent Notice’s Executive Director for Federal Programs and State Relationships, Dr. David Holbrook, outlines ways school districts can access these federal grants to support dual-language programs.   


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One Important Thing to Spend Your ESSER Funds On: Contracts for Mental Health Providers

By Dr. David Holbrook | March 16, 2022

A lot of competition exists for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. There are many questions on how best to use these funds to support students and educators. One area where the use of these funds is especially urgent is student mental health. 

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