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December/January 2022

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Early Action Budget Agreement (AB 86) Provides $6.6 billion in one-time fund- ing for schools as part of "early action" by the Legislature, including $4.6 billion in Expanded Learning Opportunity Grants for schools to provide academic and other supports, and prioritization for vaccines for school employees. 2021-22 Budget Agreement (AB 129, AB 130, and SB 132) The approved 2021-22 budget has a Proposition 98 funding level of $93.7 billion — the highest level ever. The budget repays all deferrals to schools and community colleges, applies a 5.07 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to the Local Con- trol Funding Formula, and provides $1.1 billion in ongoing funding to increase staffing. Transitional Kindergarten Lawmakers adopted universal TK , phasing in expanded age eligibility by two months per year from 2022-23 to full implementation in 2025-26, and expressed the intent to provide ongo- ing funding for the TK expansion of approximately $2.7 billion at full implementation. Community Schools The state budget includes $3 billion in one-time Prop. 98 funding through 2028 for districts to expand the com- munity school model. Teacher Pipeline and Training Facing a critical teacher shortage, CTA helped secure $2.5 billion for various teacher recruitment , reten- tion and professional development programs. AB 130, the Education Celebrating 2021's legislative victories By Julian Peeples D U R I N G A D I F F I C U L T 2 0 21, CTA educators continued the fight for much-needed resources for public schools. Working together with coalition partners and community supporters, CTA helped secure record funding for public education, commu- nity schools, transitional kindergarten for children beginning at age 4, and resources to attract and retain educators, among many other critical programs. Here's a look at what we achieved in 2021. 38 Legislative Update Advocacy

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