On January 10, 2017, ballots from 33 states, the National Catholic Forensic League, National Speech and Debate Association and the National Debate Coaches Association were tabulated at NFHS headquarters to select the 2017-18 national high school policy debate topic. Education Reform was selected over Energy with 57 percent of the votes.
In October, the five topic areas were narrowed to two as part of a two-stage balloting process. Use of the second ballot assures that a majority of coaches across the nation favor the chosen topic area and resolution.
The map below summarizes the state-by-state balloting on topic areas.
HOW THEY VOTED FOR 2017-18: Choice of problem area and resolution by Official Referendum Vote:
Education Reform: NCFL NSDA
National Policy Debate Topic Area Balloting:
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase incentives for development and/or use of renewable energy in the United States.
23 EDUCATION REFORM
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.