(105 ILCS 5/2-3.61a)
    Sec. 2-3.61a. 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program.
    (a) The State Board of Education shall be the designated agency responsible for the administration of programs under Part I of Subchapter X of Chapter 70 of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
    (b) The State Board of Education shall establish and implement a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program, in accordance with federal guidelines, to provide grants to support academically focused after-school programs for students who attend high-poverty, low-performing schools. These grants shall be used to help those students who attend high-poverty, low-performing schools meet State and local performance standards in core academic subjects and to offer families of participating students opportunities for improved literacy and related educational development.
    The State Board of Education shall award grants to applicants that are of sufficient size and scope to support high-quality, effective after-school programs, to ensure reasonable success of achieving the goals identified in the grant application, and to offer those activities that are necessary to achieve these goals.
    (c) Using State funds, subject to appropriation, and any federal funds received for this purpose, the State Board of Education may establish any other grant programs that are necessary to establish high-quality, academically based, after-school programs that include family-centered education activities.
    (d) The State Board of Education may adopt any rules necessary to implement this Section.
(Source: P.A. 93-374, eff. 7-24-03.)