Keeping programs alive and growing is a huge problem in my district. We have some large programs that live through the tests of time. And then we have many small programs that come and go. I find that if there is no administrative support (financially and active involvement) along with a faithful coach, the team will not live long. If anyone out there knows the secret to making this happen, please share!! Another issue that exists in my district is that speech and debate is not part of the curriculum in schools. I have seen districts that have it as part of the curriculum (especially if speech is required for a least one credit), and in these districts programs thrive. Someone needs to be an advocate to state legislatures to required programs in their states.