Copeland joins effort to foster civic discourse



Baltimore & Region

October 21, 2005|By SARA NEUFELD

Bonnie S. Copeland, chief executive officer of the Baltimore schools, joined John Sexton, president of New York University, at an event in Washington yesterday to announce the formation of a national campaign for civic discourse.

The campaign will be led by the Associated Leaders of Debate, a new national nonprofit dedicated to increasing urban students' involvement in and access to debate leagues.

Copeland will sit on the association's board. Copeland said the group will solicit contributions so that it can provide financial support to organizations such as the Baltimore Urban Debate League.

It will also provide urban debate leagues around the country with opportunities to exchange ideas. she said.

The Baltimore Urban Debate League, a partner with the national group, serves almost 1,000 middle and high school students in 46 schools and is the largest provider of extracurricular academic programming in the city's schools

. Each year, more than 95 percent of the league's seniors graduate from high school and 90 percent enroll in college.

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