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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 of Federal Programs for TransACT.

Recent Posts

Third Federal Judge Weighs in on DACA - Allows for New Applications

By Dr. David Holbrook | April 26, 2018

If you have been following the situation with regard to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, you'll know:

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National Council of State Title III Directors Quarterly Webinar

By Dr. David Holbrook | April 26, 2018

The National Council of State Title III Directors (NCSTIIID) will host its Spring Webinar on May 10, 2018 from 11:30 am - 1:00pm Eastern Time. Those interested are invited to join to learn how State Title I and Title III Directors are collaborating at the national level to meet the needs of English Learners (ELs). The meeting will include information about the EL Newcomer Toolkit from USED, updates on NCSTIIID activities, and what is happening at the federal level.

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FY2018 Federal Spending Bill Includes $1.2 Billion for After-School Programs

By Dr. David Holbrook | March 22, 2018

On Wednesday March 21, 2018 the U.S. Congress released the text of its $1.3 trillion FY2018 Omnibus Spending Bill. If passed by both the House and the Senate and signed by the President, this bill will fund the government for the remainder of the current fiscal year (until October 1, 2018). The Government is currently operating on its fifth CR (Continuing Resolution, a temporary government funding bill). If Congress fails to pass this bill by midnight on... read more at

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Supreme Court Rejects Trump DACA Appeal Request

By Dr. David Holbrook | February 28, 2018

In January 2018 I wrote a blog about a federal judge in California blocking the Trump administration's efforts to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program). On February 13, 2018 a second federal judge issued a temporary block to the end of DACA. According to the current timeline, the DACA program is set to end on March 5, 2018. The ruling by these two judges has temporarily block the end of DACA and opened the door for current DACA recipients to apply to renew their DACA status until the legal challenges to rescinding DACA are settled. Renewals were suspended on October 5, 2017 following the September 5, 2017 rescission of DACA. This will very likely allow DACA recipients to continue to apply for renewal past the March 5, 2018 looming deadline.

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Reorganization at U.S. Department of Education May Eliminate Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA)

By Dr. David Holbrook | February 16, 2018

The Trump administration’s proposal for a major overhaul of the organizational structure at the U.S. Department of Education (USED) includes the eventual elimination of the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), rolling it into the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). Doing this could compromise any singular focus at USED on students learning English as a second language (or third, etc.). This is because it combines all English learner (EL) programs administered by USED into the USED office where the largest funding stream that focuses on academics is located. OESE houses the Office of State Support (OSS), which is where Title I and other academic focused federal education programs reside. In the federal education funding world, Title I is the tail that wags the dog.

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Federal Judge Blocks End to DACA

By Dr. David Holbrook | January 16, 2018

A federal judge in California has blocked the Trump administrations efforts to end DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program). Last year, California and other states filed a request to stop DACA from being rescinded. While that case has not yet been resolved, a San Francisco U.S. District Judge, William Alsup, has issued a ruling that halts the DACA program from ending while the legal challenge moves forward.

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National Council of State Title III Directors to Host 2018 National Meetings

By Dr. David Holbrook | December 29, 2017

The National Council of State Title III Directors (NCSTIIID) has organized its 2018 National Meetings in coordination with the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) conference. The NCSTIIID 2018 National Meetings will take place during NABE’s pre-conference institutes at the same venue as NABE’s 2018 Conference. NABE’s pre-conference institutes are scheduled for February 28th, 2018 at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM.

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Avoiding Government Shutdown May Be Tied To Creating a DACA Law

By Dr. David Holbrook | December 4, 2017

On September 5, 2017, when the Trump administration rescinded DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, it sent shock waves throughout the immigrant community and caused uproar among advocates for immigration reform. Rescinding DACA put pressure on Congress to address this immigration issue by creating a legislative solution to replace the now rescinded executive action that created the DACA program.

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"The Importance of Pronouncing My Name" - Take the My Name, My Identity Pledge

By Dr. David Holbrook | November 29, 2017

Pronouncing a person’s name incorrectly can give that person the impression that you don’t really care about him or her, or you feel like that person has ‘less’ value than others. A person’s name is an extension of who they are and is rooted in that person’s language, culture, and identity. Pronouncing a person’s name correctly affirms that person and may add to his or her self worth. Incorrectly pronouncing a person’s name almost always does the opposite.

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USED Rescinds More Guidance Documents

By Dr. David Holbrook | November 9, 2017

I recently wrote a blog about the U.S. Department of Education’s (USED) announcement that the offices at USED that handle special education issues had identified for rescission 72 special education regulations and guidance documents. I included information about the immediate outcry from special education advocates and political adversaries of Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Education, and how that resulted in the list of documents that were rescinded being reposted to the USED website, this time with an explanation for why each document was selected for removal. Following on the heals of the rescission of the special education documents comes the announcement of the rescission of nearly 500 more documents from other USED offices, including the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) and the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE).

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