Synopsis As Introduced Amends the School Code to require the State Board of Education to provide after-school program grants to qualifying school districts for the purpose of providing academic assistance at the end of the regular day of instruction or on non-school days for students and their families at school sites. Provides that a school district qualifies and may apply for a grant if the district contains one or more schools in which at least two-fifths of the students at the school fail to meet State academic standards. Establishes requirements for the grants. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Amends the School Code. Provides that 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. Requires the State Board of Education to 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. Allows the State Board of Education to establish any other grant programs that are necessary to establish high-quality, academically based, after-school programs that include family-centered education activities. Effective immediately.