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Bill to establish Service Year Option Program for graduating high school seniors

February 26th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

Governor Wes Moore appeared before House and Senate committees last week to testify for a bill to establish the one-year "Service Year Option Program" for graduating high school seniors. If passed, those in the program would be required to work at least 30 hours per week and partner with a mentor. An employer would pay $15 per hour. The program would be phased in and cost $3 million per year by Fiscal Year 2028. Those in the program would receive a $3,000 stipend upon completion. The importance of public service has been major theme of Moore’s during his campaign and since being sworn in to office…