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'Pick a Bale of Cotton' song irks Oshkosh parent

9:26 PM, Dec. 2, 2012
This screen shot shows the online petition parent Jennifer Chandler started to ban the use of a song with ties to slavery from Oshkosh School District classrooms.
This screen shot shows the online petition parent Jennifer Chandler started to ban the use of a song with ties to slavery from Oshkosh School District classrooms.
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A parent started a petition seeking to ban the use of a song with ties to slavery from Oshkosh school district classrooms after a panel decided the use of the song is appropriate.

Jennifer Chandler said she first voiced concerns in October after learning her son had to sing the song "Pick a Bale of Cotton" during music class at Carl Traeger Middle School.

She started the petition on the website called change.org in hopes of stirring discussion in the community about the issue after the district's curriculum review committee denied her formal request to stop teachers from using the song. ...

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