BUDL National Urban Debate League of 2014

BUDL’s 10 Year Anniversary Video


Gov. O’Malley and Dr. Alonso, CEO of BCPSS, talk about the importance of
the Baltimore Urban Debate League.

BUDL Students Participate in the 2014 Gubernatorial Forum on Education

BUDL featured on 60 Minutes


Watch the full 60 Minutes segment featuring BUDL.

When Leslie Stahl heard about the Urban Debate Movement she knew it was a story that needed to be told. When she discovered the students achieving against all odds in Baltimore City’s high schools, learned the story of a powerful debate program at Walbrook High School and the phenomenal teacher/coach who led his team to success she decided BUDL’s was the story she wanted to tell. While the League has grown significantly since the airing of this segment the story remains the same and  examples of student success, life changing experience and the teacher student bond that occurs through debate play out in countless classrooms and school buildings across this city each year.

BUDL at TEDxBaltimore 2011

TEDxBaltimore 2011, SANTELISES, The Future We Make

Baltimore City Schools former Chief Academic Officer, Sonja Santelises, highlights BUDL as one of the best examples of a program with high expectations for students, creating rigor in our schools and classrooms.


More Videos

Open Society Foundation, December 2013: Up for Debate, Debate League Steers Students on a Path for Success WATCH NOW>>

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