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2018- 2019

  • January
    • Resolved: The United States federal government should prioritize reducing the federal debt over promoting economic growth.
  • November - December
    • Resolved: The United States federal government should impose price controls on the pharmaceutical industry.
  • September-October
    • Resolved: The United States should accede to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea without reservations.
  • *Note*
    • The initial Public Forum topic above will be a 2-month topic for both September-October and November-December. Public Forum topics will then revert to a month-to-month topic thereafter.

2017- 2018

  • March
    • Resolved: On balance, the current Authorization for Use of Military Force gives too much power to the president.
  • February
    • Resolved: The United States should abolish the capital gains tax.
  • January
    • Resolved: Spain should grant Catalonia its independence.
  • December
    • Resolved: NCAA student athletes ought to be recognized as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • November
    • Resolved: The United States should require universal background checks for all gun sales and transfers of ownership.
  • September-October
    • Resolved: Deployment of anti-missile systems is in South Korea‚Äôs best interest.
  • *Note*
    • The initial Public Forum topic above will be a 2-month topic for both September and October. Public Forum topics will then revert to a month-to-month topic thereafter.

2016- 2017

  • November
    • Resolved: On balance, the benefits of the Internet of Things outweigh the harms of decreased personal privacy.
  • September-October
    • Resolved: In United States public K-12 schools, the probable cause standard ought to apply to searches of students.
  • *Note*
    • The initial 2014-15 Public Forum topic above will be a 2-month topic for both September and October. Public Forum topics will then revert to a month-to-month topic thereafter.

2015- 2016

  • March
    • Resolved: The United States should withdraw its military presence from Okinawa.
  • February
    • Resolved: The United States federal government should adopt a carbon tax.
  • January
    • Resolved: On balance, economic sanctions are reducing the threat Russia poses to Western interests.
  • December
    • Resolved: On balance, standardized testing is beneficial to K-12 education in the United States.
  • November
    • Resolved: In response to the current crisis, a government should prioritize the humanitarian needs of refugees over its national interests.
  • September-October
    • Resolved: The United States Federal Government ought to pay reparations to African Americans.
  • *Note*
    • The initial 2014-15 Public Forum topic above will be a 2-month topic for both September and October. Public Forum topics will then revert to a month-to-month topic thereafter.

2014- 2015

  • March
    • Resolved: In the United States, students should be guaranteed two years of free tuition to a community or technical college.
  • February
    • Resolved: On balance, economic globalization benefits worldwide poverty reduction.
  • January
    • Resolved: United Nations peacekeepers should have the power to engage in offensive operations.
  • December
    • Resolved: For-profit prisons in the United States should be banned.
  • November
    • Resolved: On balance, the benefits of genetically modified foods outweigh the harms.
  • September-October
    • Resolved: On balance, public subsidies for professional athletic organizations in the United States benefit their local communities.
  • *Note*
    • The initial 2014-15 Public Forum topic above will be a 2-month topic for both September and October. Public Forum topics will then revert to a month-to-month topic thereafter.

2013- 2014

  • March
    • Resolved: Single-gender classrooms would improve the quality of education in American public schools.
  • February
    • Resolved: The Supreme Court rightly decided that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act violated the Constitution.
  • January
    • Resolved: Development assistance should be prioritized over military aid in the Sahel region of Africa.
  • December
    • Resolved: Immigration reform should include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.
  • November
    • Resolved: The benefits of domestic surveillance by the NSA outweigh the harms.
  • September-October
    • Resolved: Unilateral military force by the United States is justified to prevent nuclear proliferation.
  • *Note*
    • The initial 2013-14 Public Forum topic above will be a 2-month topic for both September and October. Public Forum topics will then revert to a month-to-month topic thereafter.

2012- 2013

  • April
    • Resolved: The continuation of current U.S. anti-drug policies in Latin America will do more harm than good.
  • March
    • Resolved: The U.S. government should not require its citizens to have health insurance.
  • February
    • Resolved: On balance, the rise of China is beneficial to the interests of the United States.
  • January
    • Resolved: On balance, the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission harms the election process.
  • December
    • Resolved: The United States should prioritize tax increases over spending cuts.
  • November
    • Resolved: Current U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East undermines our national security.
  • October
    • Resolved: Developed countries have a moral obligation to mitigate the effects of climate change.
  • September
    • Resolved: Congress should renew the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.

2011- 2012

  • March
    • Resolved: The United States should suspend all assistance to Pakistan.
  • February
    • Resolved: Birthright citizenship should be abolished in the United States.
  • January
    • Resolved: The costs of a college education outweigh the benefits.
  • December
    • Resolved: In the United States, current income disparities threaten democratic ideals.
  • November
    • Resolved: Direct popular vote should replace electoral vote in presidential elections.
  • October
    • Resolved: Private sector investment in human space exploration is preferable to public sector investment.
  • September
    • Resolved: The benefits of post-9/11 security measures outweigh the harms to personal freedom.

2010 - 2011

  • March
    • Resolved: North Korea poses a more serious threat to United States national security than Iran.
  • February
    • Resolved: Wikileaks is a threat to United States national security.
  • January
    • Resolved: In the United States, plea bargaining undermines the criminal justice system.
  • December
    • Resolved: Cyberbullying should be a criminal offense.
  • November
    • Resolved: High school Public Forum Debate resolutions should not confront sensitive religious issues.
  • October
    • Resolved: NATO presence improves the lives of Afghan citizens.
  • September
    • Resolved: Allowing deep water offshore oil drilling is in the best interest of the United States.

2009 - 2010

  • NCFL Grand Nationals
    • Resolved: That the constitutional right of freedom of religion has wrongly evolved into freedom from religion.
  • April
    • Resolved: On balance, government employee labor unions have a positive impact on the United States.
  • March
    • Resolved: Affirmative action to promote equal opportunity in the United States is justified.
  • February
    • Resolved: In the United States, organized political lobbying does more harm than good.
  • January
    • Resolved: President Obama's plan for increasing troops in Afghanistan is in the United States' best interest.
  • December
    • Resolved: That merit pay based on student achievement should be a significant component of K-12 teacher compensation in United States public schools.
  • November
    • Resolved: Failed nations are a greater threat to the United States than stable nations.
  • October
    • Resolved: When in conflict, the United Nations should prioritize global poverty reduction over environmental protection.
  • September
    • Resolved: United States policy on illegal immigration should focus on attrition through enforcement rather than amnesty.
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