ELEVATING CIVIC KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND DISPOSITION FOR FLORIDA'S STUDENTS.
The mission of the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative is to create access and opportunities for all students to have the best civics education including curriculum, debate programs, and high-quality teachers that are catalysts for students becoming great citizens who can preserve our constitutional republic for future generations.
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A showcase of "next level synthesis" of civics education and debate competition, the NCDC challenges students' civic knowledge, debate skills and endurance. Students compete over three days in different debate events. Dates for The Great Debate: The National Civics and Debate Championship 2023 have not been announced.
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In 2019, to implement the Governor's executive order, Commissioner Richard Corcoran, the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Education Foundation recognized the success and potential of partnering with the Central Florida Debate Initiative to establish a statewide debate program that focused on civics education. The Florida Civics and Debate Initiative is the first of its kind to use debate specifically as a tool to enrich civics education and to have incredibly strong support from state leaders.