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U of M to host second MCS student debate on charter issue

Two city high school varsity debate teams will present a public debate on the issue of the surrender of the Memphis City Schools charter on Saturday, Feb. 12. Two city high school varsity debate teams, under the sponsorship of the Memphis Urban Debate League Advisory Board, will present a public debate on the issue of the surrender of the Memphis City Schools charter on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Psychology Building at the University of Memphis.

The debate will pit Carver High School’s team against that of Middle College High School.  The topic will be “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.”  Carver’s team will argue the affirmative position and Middle College the negative.

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

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

The Memphis Urban Debate League Advisory Board is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization responsible for the strategic planning, volunteer and paid staff coordination, advocacy, supplemental fundraising and deployment of university technical expertise for the Memphis Urban Debate League (MUDL), which is active in 21 Memphis City High Schools and 2 Charter High Schools. Over 260 student debaters compete in the program at two levels – varsity and junior varsity.

The Memphis Urban Debate League is a partnership between MCS and the Advisory Board. The debate is open to the public, and admission is free.

Paid parking is available in the parking garage between the Fogelman Executive Center and the Psychology Building on Innovation Drive, just south of Central Avenue.

(For more information, visit www.memphisdebate.org or contact James Sdoia at 901-604-5644 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

Charter surrender forum set for Orange Mound

City Councilwoman Wanda Halbert will host an Education Town Hall Meeting on Monday (Feb. 7) at the Orange Mound Community Center at 2572 Park Ave.

The forum will focus on a discussion of the Memphis City Schools Charter Surrender Referendum.

The forum is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Education Matters Fact Forum to focus on student impact of charter vote

The Memphis Urban League Young Professionals will host the Education Matters Fact Forum at the Church Health Center at 1115 Union Ave. on Feb. 9 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The forum is designed to focus on how the upcoming referendum on whether to surrender the Memphis City Schools charter would impact the students. Concerned citizens, particularly parents, teachers and students, are urged to attend.

Submit questions regarding how the referendum will impact students to Toya Cobb at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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