AirTalk for December 15, 2009

Christmas music in schools

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Santa Claus student Tom Carmendy, of Westminster, Colorado dresses up as Santa Claus and reads a Christmas story for a group of elementary school children during the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School workshop on October 17, 2008 in Midland, Michigan.

In America, Christmas is as much a cultural event as a religious holiday. But what about in public schools? California students can sing "Jingle Bells" but the line is drawn at "Away in a Manger" because it's religious. Merry Susan Hyatt, a school teacher in Redding, wants to change that and allow all Christmas music in schools. Advocates who support the separation of Church and State are fighting her initiative. Where do you stand on the question of Christmas music in public schools?

Guest:

Steve Shadley, California Capitol Network Reporter


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