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Parents, students rally to save Vacaville music programs

VACAVILLE - Parents and students plan to take to the streets in front of Willis Jepson Middle School on Wednesday, Jan. 26 from 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in an attempt to save the music programs in the Vacaville Unified School District. The school is located at 580 Elder Street.

Demonstration organizer Matt Carmichael said the grassroots effort is in protest of the district's intent to cut music programs at the elementary school level. Last year, the district's music boosters all pitched in to save teacher jobs and music programs, said Carmichael. Now, without consulting with the booster groups, Carmichael said the school board is planning to cut $1,400 from the elementary school music fund.

Supporters of the protest say elementary school music programs feed the middle school music programs, which in turn feed the high school programs and eventually the collegiate level, thus it's crucial to maintain sufficient funding for elementary school arts and music.

"The impact that the loss of music has on the community will be far reaching and long lasting," said Carmichael. "Studies have shown the direct correlation between the studies of music and improved overall student test scores."

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