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Public Forum March Released

02/14/09 11:59:56 pm

PF Releases

Resolved: That, on balance, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has improved academic achievement in the United States.

Foreword: The No Child Left Behind Act was passed in 2001 with the intent of significantly restructuring the education system in the United States. Eight years later, its impacts on student achievement have been mixed. The debate on NCLB is a debate over standards-based education. NCLB was implemented with the conviction that high expectations result in high-performing students. Do the provisions of the bill serve its purpose? The answers lie in eight years of experience. Debate over education policy is always relevant but this particular debate is timely as Congress waits for President Obama’s lead on the reauthorization of NCLB.

If any of you are considering attending a debate camp this summer, please contact me. I will once again be teaching Public Forum at the Florida Forensic Institute. If you have questions about the files, arguments, or camp, e-mail me at or send me a Facebook message. You can find me online at the Public Forum Debate Facebook group. Have a fun month debating!

Michelle Schmit

Extemp February Issue Released

02/14/09 11:59:08 pm

Extemp News

Foreword: The US's influence appears to be waning in the international community. Nowhere is this more obvious than Latin America. The US relies on its hemisphere for support. Therefore, ensuring that we grasp Latin American affairs and the US's prospective role in them is imperative to comprehending the US's realm of control. First, we will examine Venezuela and its rapid shift toward socialism. Second, we have to understand Bolivia's attempts to follow in those footsteps. Third, we'll take a look at Cuba's peripheral role in Latin American affairs along with its changing face. Finally, we need to study Colombia's struggle with the FARC.

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David Kumbroch