Anne Arundel County Board of Education members are scheduled to review a proposal tonight that would allow students to fulfill the state's community service requirement in the classroom.
Under the proposal, instruction would begin in the fourth and fifth grades, with students learning in social studies courses about how volunteerism relates to citizenship.
Middle school students would receive 10 hours of community service instruction each year in English, social studies, mathematics and science courses.
In high school, community service instruction would be incorporated into 10th-grade English and science courses, as well as into a required government course entitled Law and the Individual.
The state Board of Education approved the requirement last summer. But the board left it up to local school systems to devise their own plans. If a local system does not adopt a program, students would have to perform 75 hours of service to satisfy the state requirement.
The board, which also is scheduled to receive School Superintendent C. Berry Carter's proposed $380.9 million budget, will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Board of Education headquarters, 2644 Riva Road.