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2012-2013 NFHS Policy Debate Topic Finalists


Infrastructure and Immigration are the final choices for the 

2012-2013 national debate topic 


The National Federation of State High School Associations recently tabulated debate ballots from 31 states, the National Catholic Forensic League, National Debate Coaches Association and the National Forensic League. The returned ballots narrowed the five proposed topics to two for placement on the final ballot to select the 2012-13 national high school debate topic. The five topic areas were ranked 1-5 with the two topic areas receiving the lowest totals – Infrastructure and Immigration– placed on the final ballot. On January 10, 2012, the NFHS will announce the preferred topic area and resolution.  


In addition to the NFL, NCFL and NDCA, the following states returned ballots: 


Arizona  Kansas  North Dakota 
Arkansas  Michigan  Ohio 
California  Minnesota  Oklahoma 
Colorado  Mississippi  Oregon 
Georgia  Missouri  Pennsylvania 
Hawaii  Montana  South Dakota 
Idaho  Nevada  Texas 
Illinois  New Hampshire  Virginia 
Indiana  New Mexico  Washington 
Iowa  New York  Wisconsin 


Within each of the five topic areas appears one resolution.  The resolutions within the two final topic areas are: 




Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure investment in the United States. 




Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its legal protection of economic migrants in the United States. 


The following chart summarizes the balloting on the topic areas and their respective resolutions. 



** Areas ranked 1-2-3-4-5 with low combined total indicative of top ranking. 

** National Policy Debate Topic Area Balloting: 


117     Civil Rights – Topic I 

86      Infrastructure – Topic 2 

86      Immigration – Topic 3 

115     Entitlement Reform– Topic 4 

103     Higher Education– Topic 5 


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