The votes are in, and the 2017-2018 policy debate resolution has been chosen:
The United States Federal Government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.
This is a broad and exciting topic that was very popular among our coaches. We believe it will be very accessible to students of all ages and skill levels, and will provide lots of great debates on topics relevant to policy makers in legislatures across the nation. The DMV is a very interesting region in which to debate education, as many federal education programs are tested in the District, and there are a wide array of educational options available for students and parents to choose from.
The WUDL reflects this diversity, including public and charter schools of all shapes, sizes, and histories. Some schools specialize in STEM fields, while others provide immersive language programs. We look forward to students discussing issues that define their everyday lives, and look forward to elevating the discussion.
For those who are unfamiliar, every state (and district) gets a single vote towards the topic. Voting starts with a slate of five topic areas presented by the National Speech and Debate Association in the fall. The top two topic areas are put back up for a vote in January, with the winner chosen by a simple majority.