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2nd Annual Debate Initiative Luncheon on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
-Excellent News Feature and Photo Opportunity-

School Board Members, Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Debate Students, Gunster Law Firm, Elected Officials, District Administrators and Community Members
The Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Debate Initiative is holding its second annual Debate Luncheon, which highlights the initiative with a special focus on how businesses can get involved with students and the BCPS debate program. This year, debate students will demonstrate their skills and knowledge with the following public forum topic: Resolved: In the United States public K-12 schools, the probable cause standard ought to apply to searches of students.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Mary N. Porter Riverview Ballroom
201 SW Fifth Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
The BCPS Debate Initiative is the largest in the nation. In the 2016/17 school year, every high school, every middle school, 12 elementary schools, all three technical colleges, and three alternative education centers, all have full-fledged debate programs. The number of students enrolled in debate classes exceeds 7,000 and the number of students who attend competitions (which includes those not enrolled in classes) is expected to surpass 12,000 this year. Debate is offered as an educational opportunity for students in every high school, middle school and now elementary schools.
Participating in debate:
·         Increases literacy scores by 25%
·         Increases GPAs by 10%
·         98% of debate students graduate from high school and 95% attend a four-year college
·         Increases an at-risk students’ chance of graduating high school by 70%
·         Helps first generation students get recruited and receive scholarships to college

The Debate Initiative host committee includes, George S. LeMieux, chairman of the board at Gunster and former U.S. Senator, Laurie Rich Levinson, Broward County School Board member, Eugene Pettis, past president of the Florida Bar Association, and Michael Satz, Broward County State Attorney.
While the luncheon serves as a major fundraiser for the Debate Initiative, opportunities exist throughout the school year to donate funding, which helps offset the costs related to transportation to and from tournaments, supplies, entry fees, and out-of-county field trip costs, to enable more students to reap the benefits of national-caliber competition. The Debate Initiative also collects professional attire for students to wear at competitions.

Debate Students Will Present Samples of Their Work from noon – 1 p.m.
“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.” Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 271,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 236 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 101 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 208 different countries and 181 different languages. To learn more, visit browardschools.com. Follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardsschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.