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Baltimore Urban Debate League

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Baltimore Urban Debate League
Logo of Baltimore Urban Debate League
Abbreviation BUDL
Founded 1999
Founders Open Society Institute,
Fund for Educational Excellence
Legal status 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
Focus Policy debate
Area served
Baltimore City Public School System
Sharon Kroupa[2]
Coleen Reyes[2]
Revenue (2015)
Expenses (2015) $1,020,515[1]
Employees (2014)
Volunteers (2014)
Mission To bring competitive policy debate to the high schools and middle schools of the Baltimore City public school system as an after-school activity.[1]

The Baltimore Urban Debate League (BUDL, pronounced "boodle"), is an American, non profit, urban debate league that aims to educate and mentor inner city middle school and high school students in the Baltimore, Maryland area. The league was started in 1999 by a grant from the Fund for Educational Excellence in collaboration with George Soros' Open Society Institute. Eight high schools and 90 students participated in the first year.[3][4][5]

Debate format[edit]

High school[edit]

At the high school level, students debate according to policy debate guidelines. Each season one resolution is established by the National Forensic League and National Catholic Forensic League. There are three divisions on the high school level: novice, junior varsity (JV), and varsity.[6] The three divisions have the same timing conventions for debate rounds, the only exception being preparation time (novice get ten minutes, JV and varsity get five minutes).

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Form 990: Organization Exempt from Income Tax". Baltimore Urban Debate League. Guidestar. June 30, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Staff & Board". Baltimore Urban Debate League. Accessed April 6, 2016.
  3. ^ "Baltimore Urban Debate League". Open Society Institute. Archived from the original on 2007-06-08. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  4. ^ Cassie, Ron. "Debating to the top". Baltimore Examiner. January 2007. Accessed 2007-07-23.
  5. ^ "Group to Launch Public Awareness Campaign for Baltimore Urban Debate League", Daily Record, May 5, 2004
  6. ^ "Introduction to BUDL". Baltimore Urban Debate League. Archived from the original on 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2007-08-02.