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ICYMI: MORE THAN 600 STUDENTS COMPETE IN FLORIDA CIVICS AND DEBATE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Tallahassee, Fla., May 14, 2024 – More than 600 middle and high school students from across the state of Florida recently competed in the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative (FCDI) State Championship in Orlando. Governor Ron DeSantis launched FCDI in 2019, and it has since expanded to include more than 3,400 students from over 400 middle and high schools across Florida’s 67 counties.




“Governor DeSantis established the first-of-its-kind Florida Civics and Debate Initiative in 2019 to foster civil discourse and elevate civics education across Florida schools,” said Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz, Jr. “Debate programs statewide are flourishing, and with more than 600 students participating in the state championship, it’s clear the Governor’s vision is coming to fruition.”


“The incredible talent of our debate teams across Florida is truly amazing,” said Rebecca Matthews, Board Chairman of the Florida Education Foundation. "We are dedicated to providing students with opportunities to grow and excel in their educational and career pursuits. Thank you to our teachers and coaches who ignite a passion for civic literacy in Florida students.”






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