Wisconsin School District Debates Religious Music

Wisconsin School District Debates Religious Music

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Should school holiday concerts include religious music? That's the question that one school district in Wisconsin is debating as it gears up for this coming Christmas season.

The school district wanted to limit the number of religious Christmas songs performed at holiday concerts. Officials didn't want to give off the appearance that a school was endorsing one particular religion.

"Increasingly diverse community with many different elements in our community and we need to be constantly reviewing what that means, that all of our students are feeling part of the programs in our community," one official said.

However, after intense debate and outcry from parents, the district has decided to hold off on changing their policy.

Hundreds of people packed a special meeting where the school board decided to wait until next year to make any changes to the rules. This means holiday concert music selection is up to music teachers at individual schools. Many people spoke at the meeting, giving the same message: that it is not fair to put limitations on religious music.

"There is an important role for religious based music," said a parent.

The school district's superintendent says that she regrets the way the situation was handled. She says waiting until next year to change the policy will give the school board enough time to gather information.

And the high school choir, which disbanded temporarily while the music issue was debated, is now back together.

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