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Wausau School District threatened with lawsuit over music policy

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The Wausau school district
The Wausau school district

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - Wausau School District’s special school board meeting to deal with recent changes in holiday music throughout the district starts at 6:30, but there is a closed session with the board, administration, and legal team before that.

Some have questioned the purpose of this closed session.

Wisconsin’s Open Meetings Law requires governmental bodies to properly inform the public of the business to be performed in closed session with some specificity. The meeting notice calls for the board to, “confer with District legal counsel regarding advice and strategy related to threat of potential litigation in connection with District music curriculum.” There now appears to be a legitimate legal threat.

Just today, the Wausau School District released emails showing where the potential litigation may come from. Although there is no mention of lawsuit, the letter sent by the Alliance Defending Freedom advised the school board of several examples of case law showing how the courts have supported the performance of religious based music in schools. Another potential lawsuit was announced by Mark Braeger, who stated, ““Enough of this foolishness and your liberal anti Christian agenda. You have 48 hours to rescind the restrictions on Christmas music in the schools & I will file a free speech class action lawsuit against the district.”

The closed session is restricted by law to only discuss the potential lawsuits. A letter by Collin Niemeyer urged board members to stop the closed session meeting if administration tries to use it as a time to plead their case instead of discussing any possible legal threats.

The closed session of the meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Wausau East High School Auditorium.

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