A two-on-two debate that focuses on a policy question for the duration of the academic year, this format tests a student’s research, analytical, and delivery skills. Policy Debate involves the proposal of a plan by the affirmative team to enact a policy, while the negative team offers reasons to reject that proposal. Throughout the debate, students have the opportunity to cross-examine one another. A judge or panel of judges determines the winner based on the arguments presented. There will be a dedicated Varsity division of policy. Policy will follow official NSDA Rules.
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.