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Resolved, that state and federal funding for public schools be evenly distributed.

Today, as with many other schools around the country, Ohio schools have passed levies or are being granted millions and millions of dollars more than they did in previous years. With this revenue, schools are deciding where to allocate these funds. With high demand for new and expensive sports, many believe it comes at other activities’ expense. On the other hand, many also believe that the school is trying to equalize the funding while also providing for several new activities to accommodate as many students as possible. Do schools today evenly distribute their funding? If not, should they be required to by government standards?

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Resolved, that all high school dropouts be required to perform two years of public service.

In 2007, the United States had 3,384 high school dropouts (about 7.4% of the population).  This percentage, though less than the 9.1% seen in 2000, is still too high for many.  A solution for this problem is a common topic for parents, politicians, and educators. For the 39.5 percent of the adult population without a high school degree, there are serious consequence to the people themselves and the nation’s economy. Would a punishment laid out by the government serve as an adequate deterrent to dropping out of high school?

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Resolved, that courtroom procedures and jury deliberations be televised.

Despite news publications and television stations, US citizens are often separated from original, primary sources of governmental proceedings.  It has been proposed that hearings and trials be put on television for viewing by the general public.  This is all in an effort to make citizens more informed about regulations and law.  This was tested in September of 2010 by the Arkansas Supreme Court, where the court streamed its proceedings on the Internet.  This effort was headed by Stephanie Harris, communications counsel for Arkansas’ Supreme Court.  The program was expensive, though, costing $51,000 just to install the equipment.  But would the benefits outweigh the costs of this program?

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Resolved, that public display of the confederate flag be banned in the U.S.

The confederate flag is often associated with a time of slavery and injustice. Many justice-based organizations want it removed from public display. Such was the case with the NAACP in 2007, when its members were angered that the South Carolina statehouse had the flag displayed. Nevertheless, this symbol holds immense historical significance, as it is a representation of one of the most controversial times in America’s history. Is the displaying of such an icon justified by the 1st Amendment? Could the US recognize this historical event without offending the general public?

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Resolved, that public schools be required to have a general religious education course.

Even though 92% of Americans profess a belief in God, studies have shown that the general population lack a basic knowledge of major religions. Some say that without this education “…a shallow view of world events and a weakened capacity to critique the claims of those preaching religious intolerance and hate” will emerge. Some schools already offered religious education as an elective course. Is high school the right time to learn this? Should all schools make it a require force, or do the costs outweigh the benefit?

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