Season Four of American Public Square, “Our Town, Our Country, Our World,” is underway! At the first of two invite-only events, KC Metro-area debate students and coaches met at the University of Missouri Kansas City for a campus tour, a meal, and conversation. They engaged with a panel of national and local education experts, who talked about the 2017-2018 National Debate Topic:
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.
Our panelists were Matthew Katz, (ACERO Charter School Network), Michael McShane (Show-Me Institute), Lorén Trull (UnidosUS, formerly NCLR), and Sändra Walker (Teacher, Lawrence Public Schools). KCPT’s Nick Haines moderated the discussion. KCUR’s Stephen Steigman, roving reporter, prompted students to ask questions and challenge stated facts.
Thank you, Debate-KC, panelists, and the 14 debate teams who participated!! Your insightful questions and perspectives enriched our discussion of government education funding. We will see you for Part 2 of the debate series in April!
View the event video and a few photos from the event below, and visit our Facebook page for the full photo album.