Origin and Mission

In January 2020, Governor DeSantis announced the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative (FCDI) with The Marcus Foundation to elevate civic knowledge, civic skills and civics disposition for middle and high school students. The Marcus Foundation committed $5 million over three years to the Florida Education Foundation to increase Florida student’s access to speech and debate programs. Before the initiative was created, there were 11 school districts in Florida that participated in competitive debate. In FCDI’s first year, Florida added 59 active teams in 30 different school districts across the state. In its second year, the program has grown by over 100 teams in 48 school districts for the 2021-2022 school year.

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.

Florida Civics & Debate Initiative Goals

Within the seven regions in the map above, the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative will expand programs into 60 new schools in the first year with the intent to implement in all school districts by 2023. This will increase access for all students to participate in speech and debate programs, regardless of school district, socioeconomic status, or background.

Expand Local Civics, Speech & Debate Programs

The Florida Civics and Debate Initiative will develop and host the first of its kind National Civics and Debate Competition (NCDC), which will allow a broader range of students to explore, understand, and express important constitutional, legal, and societal issues.

Host a National Civics Debate Competition

Provide Teacher Professional Development

Professional Development opportunities will be provided to teachers and debate coaches throughout the year to provide educators with techniques and best practices for teaching civics, speech, and debate.

2021-2022
CALENDAR OF EVENTS




Participating Schools

* New Schools in 2021-2022

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Alachua

  • Kanapaha Middle School
  • Oak View Middle School*
    Santa Fe High School*
    Westwood Middle School*

Bay

  • Breakfast Point Academy
    Merritt Brown High School

Brevard

  • Junior/Senior High School*
    Pinecrest Academy Space Coast*
    Southwest Middle School*

    Space Coast Junior Senior High School
    Stone Magnet Middle School
    West Shore Junior/Senior High School*

Broward

  • Imagine School at Broward*
    Pembroke Pines Charter Middle West

CITRUS

  • Inverness Middle School*

Clay

  • Clay High School
    Orange Park Junior High School
  • Orange Park High School

Collier

  • Corkscrew Middle School*
    Immokalee High School*

Miami-Dade

  • Georgia Jones-Ayers Middle School*   
    iPrep Academy North Middle School*
    iPrep Academy North High School*
    MAST@ FIU BBC*    
    North Dade Middle School*

    Pinecrest Glades

Desoto

  • Desoto High School*    
    Desoto Middle School*

DIXIE

  • Ruth Rains Middle School*

Duval

  • Duncan Fletcher Middle School
  • Jean Ribault High School*    
    Jean Ribault Middle School*   Landmark Middle School*
    Samuel Wolfson High School
    William Raines High School*

ESCAMBIA

  • Beulah Middle School
    Booker T. Washington High School*
    Ferry Pass Middle School
    Ransom Middle School*

FAU Lab

  • AD Henderson
    FAU Lab School*

FLAGLER

  • Buddy Taylor Middle School*    
    Indian Trails Middle School*

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FLVS FLEX 6-8*
FLVS Full 6-8
FLVS FLEX 9-12*
FLVS Full 9-12

FSU LAB

  • Florida State University High School*

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Gadsden

  • Gadsden Elementary Magnet School

Gilchrist

  • Bell Middle/High School*
    Trenton Middle/High School*

Hendry

  • Clewiston Middle School*

Highlands

  • Lake Placid High School

Hillsborough

  • Jefferson High School*  
    Pierce Middle School*    
    Randall Middle*

Holmes

  • Ponce de Leon High School*

Jefferson

  • Somerset Jefferson Middle School
  • Somerset Jefferson High School

Lake

  • Mt. Dora Middle School
    Lake Minneola High School
  • South Lake High School
    Windy Hill Middle School*

Lee

  • Caloosa Middle School
    Three Oaks Middle School

LeON

  • R. Frank Nims Middle School*

Manatee

  • Braden River Middle School*    
    Lincoln Middle School*

Marion

  • Lake Weir High School*
    Liberty Middle School
    North Marion Middle School* Vanguard High School*
    West Port High School

Martin

  • Stuart Middle School*

Monroe

  • Key Largo School*
    Marathon High School*
    Marathon Middle School*

Nassau

  • Fernandina Beach Middle School*
    Yulee High School*

Okaloosa

  • Baker School
    Choctawhatchee High School*
    Clifford Meigs Middle School*
    Destin Middle School*
  • Ft. Walton Beach High School
    Ruckel Middle School*
    Shoal River Middle School*

Orange

  • Colonial High School
    Southwest Middle School
    Horizon High School*
    Jones High School*
    Lake Buena Vista High School*
    Winter Park High School*

Osceola

  • NeoCity Academy*
    Liberty High School
    Westside K-8
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    Palm Beach

  • Boca Raton Community Middle School*
    Congress Community Middle School
    Crossroads Academy*
    Hidden Oaks K-8*
    Independence Middle School*
    Jeaga Middle School*

    Lake Worth High School
    Renaissance Charter at Summit
  • Verde K-8*
    Woodlands Middle School*

Pasco

  • Cypress Creek Middle School*
    Dayspring Academy*
    Seven Springs Middle School*

    Wiregrass Ranch High School

Pinellas

  • Bayside High School
    Plato Academy Tarpon Springs Charter School*

Polk

  • Berkley Accelerated Middle School
    Citrus Ridge: A Civics Academy*
    Davenport High School*
  • McLaughlin Middle School
  • Navigator Academy of Leadership
    Ridgeview Global Studies Academy*
  • Winter Haven High School

SARASOTA

  • Booker Middle School*
    Imagine School Northport

St. Lucie

  • Allapatah Flatts K8*
    Creative Arts Academy of St Lucie*

    Forrest Grove Middle School
    Ft. Pierce Central High School
    Northport K8*
    Samuel Gaines Academy of Emerging Technology*
    Southern Oakes Middle School* Southport Middle School*

    Somerset College Preparatory Academy  
    West Gate K-8 Academy*

Seminole

  • Sanford Middle School
  • Seminole High School
    Crooms Academy of Information Technology

Sumter

  • South Sumter Middle School
  • South Sumter High School*
    Wildwood Middle High School*

Taylor

  • Taylor Middle School

Volusia

  • Burns Science and Technology Charter School*
    Campbell Middle School*
    Galaxy Middle School*
    Seabreeze High School*
    Spruce Creek High School*

Walton

  • Freeport High School*
    Freeport Middle School*
    Seaside Neighborhood School*
    South Walton High School*
    Walton High School*

Stay Informed!

Visit our Florida Civics and Debate FAQ to answer your questions about the initiative. You can also reach out to the Director of the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative, Elizabeth Eskin!

Elizabeth Eskin
Director of the Florida Civics & Debate Initiative
Email: Elizabeth.Eskin@fldoe.org

Check out the Florida Civics & Debate Initiative Newsroom!
Access the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative FAQs