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Wausau school system drafting policy on religious music


WAUSAU (WKOW) -- Wausau public schools leaders plan to put together an official policy regarding the performance of religious music at district events, after students and others rebelled against efforts in the fall to limit such music.

A committee will gather input on the issue, according to a report in Daily Herald Media, with committee members including parents, students, music teachers and religious leaders.

The district has had no official policy on religious music, but instead relied on an administrative rule to "seek balance, respect and sensitivity toward all cultures and beliefs."

In October, district leaders tried to limit performances of sacred songs by the Wausau West High School Master Singers, a choral group known for its holiday performances. Hundreds of people attended a meeting, with most opposing a limit on Christian songs. The Wausau School Board backed away from that move, as well as one to switch some elementary schools' holiday concerts to the spring.

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