(Wausau Daily) Hundreds of students, parents and community members packed a Wausau school auditorium Thursday night, many begging the School Board to reverse administrative decisions to limit religious music in winter concerts.

The Wausau School Board called the special meeting amid an uproar over new limits placed on holiday programs, particularly those involving an elite choir group at Wausau West High School called the Master Singers.

Even before dozens of residents stood to speak, the board voted to put the decision about whether to schedule winter concerts back in the hands of school principals. Wausau elementary schools had canceled holiday concerts, and the school district administration said the decision was related to the need for state-test preparations — not to avoid issues with religious songs.

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