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Students set to debate MCS charter surrender

The Memphis Urban Debate League Advisory Board (MUDLAB) is sponsoring a public forum debate on the Memphis City School’s Board of Education resolution to surrender its charter. The Memphis Urban Debate League Advisory Board (MUDLAB) is sponsoring a public forum debate on the Memphis City School’s Board of Education resolution to surrender its charter.

 The debate, which is open to everyone, will take place on the campus of Rhodes College at the Bryan Campus Life Center. Debaters will square off in Rhodes College’s McCallum Ballroom on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Varsity debate teams from the Memphis Urban Debate League’s Kingsbury High School and Whitehaven High School will debate the following: “Resolved: The voters of the City of Memphis should vote to transfer the administration of Memphis City Schools to the Shelby County Board of Education.”

Kingsbury will argue the Affirmative position and Whitehaven will argue the Negative.

“Debaters will follow the standard high school policy debate format,” said Jim Sdoia, board president.

“Over an hour and a half, debaters will present fact-based arguments through a series of constructive and rebuttal speeches and cross examination. The debate’s purpose is to present information to the public on this vital issue before the referendum vote to help the community make a fully informed decision. As well, we’ll be showcasing the talents of some of our extraordinary student debaters.”

The Memphis Urban Debate League is active in 21 Memphis City High Schools and 2 Charter High Schools. Over 260 student debaters compete in the program at two levels – junior varsity and varsity. The advisory board is a private group of civic and community leaders who banded together to return high school academic policy debate to the Memphis City School (MCS) system after a 40+ year absence. The Memphis Urban Debate League is a partnership between MCS and the Advisory Board.

(For more information, visit www.memphisdebate.org or contact James Sdoia at 901-6045644, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

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