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The mission of the CDC is to advance the academic achievement, life success, and community contributions of urban youth by providing them with powerful skills in reading, research, critical thinking, public policy analysis, evidence- based argumentation, teamwork, and communications, all through the mechanism of academic debate.
As a partner to Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Debate Commission (CDC) promotes, facilitates, and runs the Chicago Debate League (CDL), providing competitive debate programming in 78 high schools and middle schools in Chicago, serving over 1400 students. The CDC also trains teachers to use debate tools and methodologies to improve the delivery of regular curricula. Debate provides low-income and minority Chicago students with a unique educational program that dramatically improves academic results and expands college and life opportunities.