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Florida Leads in Civics Education with Inaugural National Civics and Debate

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November 15, 2021

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Florida Leads in Civics Education with Inaugural National Civics and Debate Championship

~ Elevating civics, empowering college students, enriching America’s future ~

Orlando, Fla., November 15, 2021 – Yesterday, Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran congratulated the winners of the inaugural National Civics and Debate Championship. These college students participated in a three-day competitors with over 150 college students and 26 groups. With exemplary efficiency in rigorous contests aligned with the Florida B.E.S.T. Civic Standards, college students competed in the areas of Congressional Debate, Extemporaneous Debate, Impromptu Speaking and Extemporaneous Sports Analysis. The first and solely of its variety, the National Civics and Debate Championship is a essential element of the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative.

In January 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis established the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative (FCDI) in partnership with the Marcus Foundation to strengthen civic data, abilities and disposition for secondary college students. Since 2020, the FCDI has added over 160 debate groups in 48 Florida college districts.  When the Initiative first started, Florida college students may entry speech and debate packages in solely 11 college districts, that means the initiative has since elevated entry to 37 further districts, a 336% enhance. To additional help educators the FCDI has offered civics-related skilled growth to 356 Florida lecturers. Florida’s unparalleled commitments and investments set the tempo for civics schooling in America, contributing to a 22 p.c enhance in nationwide scholar speech and debate participation.

 “The Florida Civics and Debate Initiative and National Civics and Debate Championship supports student success through spirited competition while building a foundation for great citizens and a strengthened society,” mentioned Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. “The three-day contest fostered leadership, teamwork, analytical skills and a deeper understanding of our responsibilities as Americans. That is a win-win for our schools, students, state and our country.”

The Florida Civics Debate Initiative goals to create entry and alternatives for all college students to have the most effective civics schooling together with curriculum, debate packages and high-quality lecturers which might be catalysts for them to grow to be nice residents who can protect our constitutional republic for future generations. Students engaged in a well-rounded civics schooling and debate extracurriculars notice an elevated probability of outstanding tutorial success, exceeding college-readiness benchmarks and resulting in an nearly 99 p.c probability of attending faculty with expanded scholarship choices.

Participating faculties obtain funding to help the event of their debate groups, together with funds to offset instructional sources, event transportation coach stipends and membership in the National Speech and Debate Association.

The program’s early onset success unequivocally demonstrates Florida’s management in guaranteeing that each little one receives a world-class civics schooling that prepares them to be nice residents, defending the inspiration of our nation’s freedoms.

Winners of the 2021 National Civics and Debate Championship

Middle School Champion

Simon Denahan, Kanapaha Middle School, Alachua County

High School Champion

Alex Vihlan, Lake Mary Preparatory School, Seminole County

Alex Vihlan, Lake Mary Preparatory School, Seminole County

For extra info concerning the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative, please go to our web site right here.

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